21 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: If you think the role of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is limited to city development and beautification of the State Capital, here is how it makes a difference socially in helping the poor and marginal.
Yes! As the Smart City Proposal of the largest civic body of Odisha is centered around the child-friendly philosophy, today it proved its mettle by extending an immediate help of Rs 5,000 under Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to a seven-year-old child, abandoned by her own parents at Tarini Basti in VSS Nagar under Ward No. 17.
Sheya Patra (7) is a happy child today. Though her parents are no longer with her and she is looked after her maternal grandparents Satrughan Swain (70) and Basanti Swain (55), the unfortunate child’s plea was heard by BMC Commissioner Samarth Verma and he ordered an immediate release of a help under CMRF for the girl child.
It was learnt that while Sheya’s father Trilochan Patra (25) left her mother while the little child was still in the womb, her mother Mamata Patra (22) left the child and went away searching for a better life outside the city.
Today, after hearing the ordeal of the little girl the BMC Commissioner ordered a field inquiry and the same was carried out by BMC Zonal Office (North Zone). After the report was submitted, the Zonal Deputy Commissioner Pramod Kumar Prusty handed over the cheque of Rs 5,000 to the maternal grandparents of Sheya in her presence at the office of the North Zone office of BMC. Zonal community organiser Prashant Kumar Rout coordinated the entire process.