Swapan Bosu will hang up his boots happy. A postman for the Jadavpur Post Office (he has a few years left), he is already living his dream by starting a 24-hour ambulance service, especially for the poor. For those who can pay, Bosu’s association, the Regent Park Welfare Society (set up in 2003), charge a nominal sum.
Bosu felt the need to serve “others” after his wife passed away. His daughter a Microbiology student at a local college also eggs him on when he takes the ambulance to people in need after dark. He often does this labour of love, for free.
“One of my first patients was a cancer patient who lived in Dhakuria. He didn’t have the money to even pay for the ambulance. He died but I personally took him to the Thakurpukur cancer hospital and it gave me a lot of satisfaction”, said Bosu with a smile.
Bosu and his friends also run 24-hour oxygen supply and homeopathic medicine services in the Regent Place area for a meagre fee of Rs 10 per patient. “I personally see to it that the oxygen cylinder is delivered and picked up from the patient’s house free of cost”, said Bosu.
The organization has also gifted accident insurance to 50 rickshaw-pullers of the area. “If one of them die in an accident, their families will get Rs 25,000 as insurance money”, he said.
The group also help about 150 elderly folk who live in homes. “We have already committed to Nabaneer, Bansdroni, that we will take out the senior ladies to the puja pandals every year. We want them to enjoy themselves”, he said.