A Documentary on Humanitarian Activities of Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council

Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism says:

ਸਚਹੁ ਓਰੈ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਉਪਰਿ ਸਚੁ ਆਚਾਰੁ ॥ (62)

सचहु ओरै सभु को उपरि सचु आचारु ॥ (62)

Sachahu Ourai Sabh Ko Oupar Sach Aachaar (62)

(Truth is above everything but higher still is truthful living.)

Thus, the truthful living involves performing Sewa (selfless service) for the welfare of humanity is the first step on the path of achieving the final goal of eternal peace.

With the above ideals in mind, the concept of forming Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council was conceived by a few like-minded persons. It was formed as a Non-Political body with the sole objective of serving the humanity, especially the helpless widows, orphans, destitute etc. irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

Though the idea of forming Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council was conceived much earlier but the happenings of November 1984 in the country accelerated its setting-up taking the responsibility of the relief and rehabilitation of the survivors. The emphasis was not only on distribution of ration or giving cash doles but making the people self-supporting by providing vocational, medical and educational assistance.

Immediately after setting-up with aid from ‘Indian Express Relief Fund’, ‘Ajit Relief Fund’ and philanthropic individuals, Organisations and Trusts, Nishkam provided vocational assistance to about 300 families of Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri, Tilak Vihar and other areas of Delhi. In addition, doors and windows were got fitted in the houses and Jhuggies (slums) in Mangolpuri, which had been badly damaged and in some cases even burnt down in Sultanpuri and Mangolpuri were got repaired or even reconstructed to make them livable for their occupants. Thereafter, besides providing relief materials, ceiling fans were provided in about 700 houses of widows of Tilak Vihar, Sangam Park, Raghubir Nagar, Garhi and Jahangirpuri etc. in Delhi. Various other rehabilitation projects were also taken up.

Nishkam also played a very positive and effective role

• in getting jobs in Banks/Govt. offices/Govt. Schools etc. for the widows of November, 1984 happenings

• in persuading Delhi Govt. not to recover the cost of houses allotted to widows of November, 1984 happenings.

Though initially, due to availability of limited resources and difficult circumstances, the assistance was mainly provided to the affected families of November, 1984 happenings, especially the orphans and widows, but with the passage of time and slow and steady build up of resources, the assistance is being provided without any distinctions as per teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The only visible change in the policy over a period of time is that the services, which were earlier directed towards the urban population, are now being oriented towards the rural folks, where the need is more.