Pramila Tiria’s house was destroyed six months back. She was pregnant at the time.
With no roof over her head, she recently gave birth under a culvert. The woman and the baby could have contracted life-threatening infections. Pramila’s newborn lay on a piece of dirty cloth as the exhausted mother awaited some help.
No help from government
Pramila resides in a village in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj. A district council member said she did not get any government help after her house was destroyed
Sarina Hamran, a zilla parishad member, told NDTV that despite so many schemes, Pramila did not get government aid.
The district council member said that Pramila did not get any ASHA services. The Accredited Social Health Activist is one of the key components of the National Rural Health Mission. The service provides a trained female community health worker in every village in the country.
ASHA is the first port of call for any health related demands of deprived sections of the population, especially women and children. It is for all those who find it difficult to access health services.
Villagers alleged that government authorities in the district did not provide help to Pramila for the last six months.
The additional district magistrate of Mayurbanj said he will examine the situation and the family will be rehabilitated. He declared strict action against negligent officials in the matter
The government has to be serious about tackling homelessness. Nobody should have to sleep without a roof over their head or give birth in culverts because they can’t get help. Everyone deserves help and a home.
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv