New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a report from the Odisha Government over the news and pictures of the tribal man in Odisha who had to walk around 10 km carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder as he failed to get a vehicle to transport it from a government hospital in the backward district of Kalahandi where she died. He got help only after this was brought to the attention of local authorities by the locals who witnessed the man carrying his dead wife.
The 42-year-old woman died of tuberculosis at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.
According to the reports, the videos and pictures of the man that were flashed across news channels disturbed the prime minister and PMO had sought a report from the Odisha Government on 27th August because this he believes is a clear reflection of the state government’s failure at providing basic amenities to the people.
For those in such a situation, the Naveen Patnaik government had launched the ‘Mahaparayana’ scheme in February, offering free transportation of bodies from government hospitals to the residences of the deceased. As per the ‘Mahaparayana’ scheme, dead body carriers are supposed to be deployed at 37 government hospitals and a total of 40 vehicles were assigned for the job.
Majhi, however, had walk to his village Melghara which is about 60 km from Bhawanipatna, because got no help from the hospital authorities, despite all efforts.
On being asked about the negligence, the Kalahandi collector had earlier said that he ordered immediate action after the incident came to his notice.