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Right for Food Campaign denies starvation death in Murhu

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Refuting the claims of starvation death of one Sudhama Pandey, a resident of Kodakel village of Murhu, Right to Food Campaign has claimed that the death was a fallout of prolonged illness.

NWNS

Ranchi: Refuting the claims of starvation death of one Sudhama Pandey, a resident of Kodakel village of Murhu, Right to Food Campaign has claimed that the death was a fallout of prolonged illness.

On Sunday some local newspaper reported that 60-year-old Pandey died due to hunger. The report also stated was mentally ill and did not have any caregiver. According to the report, although Sudama did not have a ration card, he received ration till a month and a half ago.

Based on this report, a fact finding team of the Right to Food Campaign visited Kodakel yesterday. They claimed that the newspaper report was not accurate and Sudama Pandey did not die of starvation.

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Sudama Pandey was indeed mentally ill but was being looked after and was regularly fed by his brothers’ families. He was physically ill for a few days before his death and had become quite weak. Sudama Pandey was denied his entitlements of ration and pension. His brothers’ families applied for a ration card for him, but he was never issued one. One of his nephews tried to get his bank account opened in the Murhu branch of Bank of India, but was unable to do so even after 8-9 attempts.

The fact finding team also found other irregularities in the implementation of welfare programmes in the village. Pandey’s sisters in law, Vimla Devi, said that she stopped receiving her widow pension in her bank account since last September. She made several trips to the bank to inquire about her pension, but did not receive any information.

When the fact finding team checked the details on the Public Finance Management System website and learned that her pension amount is getting credited in an Airtel Payment Bank linked with Vimla Devi’s Aadhaar number.

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