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OMMCOM NEWS IMPACT: Odisha Govt Extends All Help To Sanyasi Within 24 Hours


18 July 2018

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar: The 30-year-old physically-challenged Sanyasi Patra will no longer lead a life of isolation in Somnathpalli, a remote hamlet in Ganjam district.

Odisha Government’s timely intervention, within 12-hours after his plight and penury was highlighted on OMMCOM NEWS, would rescue him from the pitiful situation that Sanyasi was resigned to, after his mother’s death.

Within hours after Sanyasi story was published on this News Portal, today morning the State Government ordered district authorities to rush to Sanayasi’s house with interim assistance of 10 kilograms of rice.

Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, Commissioner cum Secretary, Food and Consumer Affairs Department Vir Vikram Yadav said, “Our Field Officers were sent to his house today morning and they delivered 10 kg rice. Looking at his distress condition, Sanyasi has been included in the Antyodaya Anna Yojana under which he will get 35 kg rice per month.”

In Odisha under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana, rice is being home-delivered to people who are physically challenged or ageing. The programme has bagged national acclaim and other states are also emulating this system.

“Sanyasi’s name was left out of this system because after his mother’s demise (two months back), the district authorities were not appraised of his destitution,” added Yadav

The officials also made an assessment of Sanyasi’s health conditions and passed on the report to Social Security and Empowerment of People with Disabilities (SSEPD) Department through the district administration.

The SSEPD Department will take a call on shifting Sanyasi to a facility in the State Capital or the district headquarters where he can be rehabilitated for medical and logistics assistance.

“The decision will be taken after consulting people of Somnathpalli and his neighbour Sibaram Patra who has devoted his life for the care of Sanyasi,” a senior Government official said.

Sanyasi is a native of Somnathpalli village under Badpara gram panchayat in Beluguntha Block of Ganjam district. He and his mother survived on 10 kg rice per month and a meager pension of Rs 200.

Since his mother’s death in May this year, Sanyasi’s condition and living deteriorated and his immediate neighbour Sibaram Patra took up the responsibility of his daily chores.

Also Read: Humanity Alive: Disabled Man Sanyasi Resigned To Fate, Neighbour Sibaram Comes To Rescue As Angel

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Vir Vikram Yadav, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Food and Consumer Affairs Department, Odisha