Captain Satyam Thakur is a son of soil who likes to help those in need
Captain Satyam Thakur, a trained pilot who left his cushy job in the US and is now leading from the front in the Palghar district of Maharashtra as the President of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC).Updated: May 22, 2020 19:44 IST
Politicians are often a subject of ridicule in India, for either their excesses or ignorant attitude. But the new breed of political leaders is bringing in a sea change in both, their own attitude towards their place in the society and also in the public perception of them. One such man is Captain Satyam Thakur, a trained pilot who left his cushy job in the US and is now leading from the front in the Palghar district of Maharashtra as the President of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC).
Journey So Far
Raised in a typical Indian household in the village Vangaon of Palghar district, Captain Satyam is the true son of soil and a soldier. As they say, “Once a soldier always a soldier!” Captain Satyam is proving this adage right with his work be it helping others or propelling the society towards a better future.
When asked why he left a lucrative career abroad to settle down in the Indian soil, Satyam says, “I was destined for it. I didn’t have any plans to jump into politics nor did I want any major post in power corridors. My footprints in public life were through social work. I love being with my own people.”
His kind, honest and loyal personality has made him the face of youth for his constituency but what he is doing since the first lockdown was announced on March 25, 2020, has endeared him to the hearts of even those who don’t live in his constituency. These hearts belong to the tired, poor migrant labourers belonging to the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. These migrants are stuck wherever they are in Maharashtra and now Captain Satyam and other enterprising young visionaries like him are ensuring that they get two square meals a day and also ensuring their safe return home.
Captain Satyam was approached by laborers almost daily, in their quest for sustenance or returning home amidst the crisis induced by COVID-19. Satyam began with building a shelter for hundreds of such laborers and their families. He gave them a roof over their heads for the entire lockdown period, thus, effectively making them his own family. Besides, he also arranged for food and other essential items for them.
Blood Donation And Safe Return
During the first week of lockdown, he even arranged a massive blood donation drive, which was envisioned by IYC’s Maharashtra President, Satyajit Tambe and carried out by the IYC cadre across the state. In fact, it was with Tambe’s help that Captain Satyam was able to coordinate between the governments of Maharashtra and Jharkhand to organize safe return of these migrants to their homes.
In this drive, he mobilized 100 blood donors by taking 5 donors each time to a hospital which was 25kms away. He even arranged for a gynecologist to be available for those pregnant among the laborers. The gynecologist will be available for the whole lockdown period.
Captain Satyam launched a Jeevan Package, which was a kit containing all the essential goods that a family or an individual would require for duration for 15 days. The package would be replenished thereafter. So far, he has covered about 4000 people under this package. All this is being done while observing the safety norms of social distancing, hygiene, etc.
Captain Satyam Thakur is a true soldier at heart and with the care and attention to detail, he has been serving people without any expectations in return. Such politicians are the need of the hour!
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