Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:
The alleged starvation death of a youth in the city has raised questions on the effectiveness of the social welfare schemes encompassing all age groups and sections of the society.
A day after the body of the youth was found from a park, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Friday sought a report from Khurda Collector Niranjan Sahu on the matter by yesterday evening. However, sources in the knowing said that the report has not been submitted as yet.
When asked, Sahu said, “The Bhubaneswar sub-collector is inquiring into the matter. We will ask Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) also to submit a report. We will compile these reports and submit a comprehensive report to the Chief Minister.”
According to sources, the Bhubaneswar sub-collector visited the place where the starvation death has allegedly taken place. The team visited the site and inquired about the incident. The officials held talks with the nearby shopkeepers and local people to know more about the incident.
The youth, who has not identified yet, was lying under a tree in Deendayal Upadhyay Park near Ram Mandir Square in the city, since last 8 to 10 days. The nearby roadside hotels used to offer him food. But the district administration was unaware of the turn of events.
The body of the youth was found on Thursday from the park near the BJP state headquarters here. It is alleged that the officials are trying to cover up the matter and project the incident otherwise.
“We are waiting for the post-mortem report. The exact reason of his death can be ascertained only after the report comes. The probability is high that the youth might have died due to health-related issues and not starvation,” an official claimed.
The death has pointed fingers at the extent of implementation of various social welfare schemes of the government meant for the weaker sections of the society. While the state government never falls short in tomtoming these schemes, this incident happening right under the nose of the power corridors has questioned their efficacy and reach.