Rajbir won two gold medals Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Los Angeles in 2015 in Cycling Events. He and his family never imagined that his achievements will soon fade into oblivion.
17-year-old Rajbir made our country proud, But he is pushing wheelchairs now in an NGO to support himself and his family. Rajbir suffers from ‘below average intellectual and adaptive functioning’. He was given a grand welcome when he came home after winning and SAD-BJP government in Punjab announced to give a reward of ₹15 lakh. The CM, Parkash Singh also promised to give reward of ₹1 lakh in additional.
Unfortunately, every promise turned out to be hollow and he received nothing. Though the Union government did give him ₹10 lakh but in form of bonds and has not matured yet. He is with no financial support from the government, so started working as a daily wage labourer with his father.
After meeting him, Gurpreet Singh, founder of NGO Manukhta Di Sewa came forward and he took him to his NGO in Baran Hara where Rajbir now does sewa. He was also given a cycle and took care of his diet and medicines.
Rajbir’s father Balbir told: My son is obviously is special to me. He feels dejected due to the indifference of the authorities. No one should be made to feel like this.
Rajbir doesn’t train anymore, pushes wheelchairs and does odd jobs at the NGO, and lives with his family.