Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Nov 30:
A brother’s unconditional love for his sister has many times been portrayed in movies, arts and paintings wetting your eyes. Here is a real story of a disabled minor tribal girl whose brother finds no difficulty in carrying her to school on his shoulders.
A nine-year-old tribal minor boy in Odisha shows his unconditional love for his physically challenged seven-year-old younger sister by carrying her daily to school 2 kms away from their house on his shoulder.
According to reports, Ganesh Oram, a tribal, lives at Banktrika slum in Mirgamunda village, about 15 kms away from District Headquarters Hospital in Sambalpur district with his wife Balamati, two daughters and one son Babul Oram in a shanty where government schemes have failed to reach.
While the elder daughter of Ganesh has stopped going to school due to poverty, Babul has promised to educate his polio-affected younger sister Liza Oram who finds it difficult to walk after the family failed to get government benefits knocking at district administration doors.
Babul, a class III student of Rasanpur UGME School, urged his parents to admit her into the school following which the girl was enrolled in the school from this running educational year. He is carrying the girl along with two school bags since then.
The polio-affected girl has been deprived of government helps like pension to handicapped children and distribution of assistive devices to disabled persons though the district administration had provided help identifying physically disabled children in the district a few months ago.
Rasanpur UGME School Headmistress Sushama Manjari Biswal said, “I have already written a letter to the Block Education Officer (BEO) regarding pension and help to Liza Oram”.
However, the girl’s mother Balamati Oram claimed that nobody had extended a hand despite her frequent rounds to BEO’s office at Maneswar and Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital.
Reacting on the issue, Sambalpur Municipal Corporation Deputy Commissioner Sudhansu Kumar Bhoi informed media to avail government benefits to the girl very soon.