Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, September 29
An 80-year-old retired executive director of Life Insurance Corporation of India, Jalandhar, has shown a big heart, which has surfaced after a month he passed away — on August 30.
Dr Pritam Singh Pritam, who had spent most of his retired life in the national capital and had recently shifted to a new four-bedroom flat at Jalandhar Heights, has left it behind to be donated for some social cause. Besides, he has also generously donated Rs 20 lakh from his savings for the maid, who took care of him for the last 10 years.
The LIC Class-I Retired Officers’ Association has shared his story with all members.
“A month after the demise of Dr PS Pritam, we have now learnt that he has donated his flat covering an area of 2,050 sq feet, which could be worth Rs 1 crore. He has expressed his willingness that it could be used as an old-age home for people with no one to look after them or for some religious activities. Further, Dr Pritam donated an amount of Rs 20 lakh to his maid, who was from a humble family background. We salute Dr Pritam for this extraordinary act of kindness for the cause of humanity. May God bless eternal peace to his noble soul,” said BR Mehta, senior vice-president of the association.
Managing director of Jalandhar Heights Township Sukhdev Singh also confirmed: “A month prior to the demise of Dr Pritam, his brother rang me up and shared with me his willingness to donate the flat for a noble cause. He discussed with me the possible social means, for which it could be used. I am waiting for further correspondence from their side.”
He said the property rate was not as high and would have to be calculated once all legal processes for liquidation were followed.
Surjit Singh Arora, the younger brother of the deceased, confirmed the development.
“My brother was indeed a very noble soul. We wish to use his property for a good social cause, which could be for an old-age home, a gurdwara or any other welfare purpose. So far, we have not had the heart to touch his belongings. We still need time to execute his wishes. I even intend to add up something from my side for whatever project we start in his name. The entire plan may take another month or so to take some shape,” he said, adding that Dr Pritam did not have a wife or kids and that all siblings would jointly take the call.
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