Couple die of starvation in Balangir district

December 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Following report is from express-buzz.com:

PATNAGARH: Starvation has reportedly claimed two more lives in western Odisha. In a span of 13 hours, two deaths were reported in a family in Sargimunda village in Kandhenjhula gram panchayat of Belpada block in Balangir district. The two have been identified as Bishnu Majhi (42) and his 37-year-old wife Parbati. Bishnu was a migrant labourer. He had planned to migrate this year too but with Parbati taking ill, he had to cancel the plan.

While the five-member family comprising the couple and their three sons Katha (17), Tikelal (14) and Laba (9) had no other source of income, their eldest son Katha availed of a loan of ` 10,000 from a labour ‘sardar’ for treatment of his mother before leaving for Andhra Pradesh to work in a brick kiln.

But the loan money was not enough for treatment of Parbati and maintenance of the family. Sans food and treatment, Parbati died on December 8.

The following day, immediately after Bishnu completed Parbati’s final rites, he complained of illness and had to be admitted to the Patnagarh sub-divisional hospital. He breathed  his last on December 9 night.

Villagers said that the couple were not keeping well for a long time due to malnutrition.  The family has reportedly not received any BPL rice for the last three months.

The Belpada tehsildar Abhimanyu Majhi met the couple’s children on Tuesday to find out if they are covered under any social security measures.

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Entry filed under: Balangir, Breakdown in Balangir, Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region, Poverty and Hunger in Koshal region, Region watch, Starvation, Starvation deaths, State and Central govt. and KBK.

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