The people know Akshay and his auto by now. They assemble at the designated places every day.
“In these difficult times, people should preserve humanity. Look at the people around you closely. If you are eating out of a gold plate and they are dying of hunger, how is that fair?” he says. He hopes to continue with this service till May 31.Akshay is still driving his auto-rickshaw in Pune, even during the lockdown. He said, “Amid the lockdown, I am offering free rides in the auto-rickshaw to senior citizens and pregnant women who need to visit a doctor.”
This is a generous offer, considering how susceptible everyone is to Coronavirus. One meeting with a positive person and Akshay himself could be infected. But of course, to ensure his safety, he dons a mask and gloves at all times. In fact, the loudspeaker on his vehicle enables him to spread awareness en route and whenever he meets any roadside dwellers who are at a higher risk of infection, Akshay distributes masks and sanitizers to them.“I met a lady who was seven months pregnant. She halted my rickshaw and asked for help. How unfortunate is it that she had to walk nearly five km from her home to a clinic and when I met her, she was walking back home. There was no doubt that I would help her. And since then, I am trying to help other pregnant women who need to go for check-ups but don’t have transportation,” he shares with TBI.
With such gestures, Akshay has shown that it takes a huge heart, not deep pockets, to help out those in need.