Lt. Gen. Bhopinder Singh graduated from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in 1965.After his graduation from IMA, he was commissioned into the celebrated Dogra Regiment. Rising steadily and making his mark, General Bhopinder Singh commanded various formations at various levels in strategic high altitude and sensitive border areas and assumed the responsibility of “Colonel of the Regiment “ in addition to his responsibility of being the Director General of Assam Rifles. He has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM,AVSM, PVSM for distinguished service to the nation.


Recognising that HIV/ AIDS was impacting the Assam Rifles efficiency on ground, he as the Director General of Assam Rifles, initiated the formation of the Assam Rifles AIDS Control Programme to deal with the issue of HIV and AIDS through a multipronged and multilayered strategy. For a sustainable community empowerment strategy on HIV/AIDS in the North East and the Assam Rifles, Gen Singh involved specialist organizations such as the Assam AIDS Prevention Society, UNAIDS, UNODC, INP+, the Commonwealth and other NGOs, to educate, facilitate counselling, voluntary testing, training and care and support programmes to augment the organizational effort. General Singh was nominated as a civil society member representing Uniformed Personnel on the Regional and Global Task Force of UNAIDS.


General and his wife, Winnie Singh, founded Maitri, a developmental and humanitarian NGO that is committed to facilitating citizenship rights, basic services, identity, dignity, and respect for the most vulnerable populations in India, with a focus on addressing elderly, destitute and abandoned widows in Vrindavan, violence against women, Rickshaw pullers, underprivileged women and children.With his vast experience in issues related to ageing, General Singh is serving as the President of Maitri, which is committed to serving 300 widows in Vrindavan with shelter, nutrition + milk and fruits, facilitating healthcare including dental and cataract surgeries, government benefits and ensures dignity in death by arranging last rites in accordance with their religious beliefs. General Bhopinder Singh is also the President of Senior Citizens Council (Regd.), which deals with advocacy and awareness of the rights and benefits of senior citizens. Aashirwad runs an Old Age Home “Aashirwad” in East Delhi for middle income group.General Singh is a Ph.D. scholar in Public Health from JNU.

Winnie Singh is Co-Founder of Maitri. Along with General Bhopinder Singh , she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Maitri was founded in 2005 as a felt need to support and create support groups in Uniformed Services to fight HIV/ AIDS in Shillong Meghalaya. Together, they worked with with uniformed services and in the slums of Delhi on reducing violence against women and prevention of domestic violence with HIV as a major constituent of the work. In 2008, they came across a unique and an extremely vulnerable population in Vrindavan, widows who were victims of domestic violence, inflicted by their family members, including their sons and relatives and rendered homeless and destitute to live on the streets of Vrindavan, begging. It was a heartfelt need to support and bring dignity into the lives of the homeless, destitute and abandoned widows of Vrindavan. It was a crucial moment in the history of Maitri and formed a benchmark to work towards identity, dignity and respect. Through her work over the last thirteen years, Winnie has witnessed that compassion and good will can bring transformational improvements in the lives of ageing, homeless and destitute widows.


Winnie Singh is a committed social worker, with over two decades of experience at national and grassroots level in public healthcare, with special emphasis in the area of health, elderly and gender equity. Her lifelong interest in humanitarian relief, dynamic nature and action has been the driving force for a lot of new social programs in Northeast India, Domestic Violence, Widows of Vrindavan and in the slums of Delhi. She is a healer, counselor for relationship issues, whether its couple counseling, domestic violence or dating issues, her motto is : identify, understand and be happy. A certified past life regression therapist from Brian Weiss Omega Institute, she heals
through regression. She is a speaker on Conscious Ageing.