Official letter from Orissa government regarding Bhuje Naik case
This is a letter dated on 25 February 2010 from the department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Orissa government.
BY FAX- +34925278914
GOVERNMENT OF ORISSA
REVENUE & DISASTER MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Letter No. IV-F-(Starve) 18/09- 7115 /R&DM, Dated 25th February, 2010
Joint Secretary to Government.
Right to Food Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission,
19Floor,Go-Up Commercial Building,998 Canton Road,
Kow Look,Hong Kong.
Sub: Protect the Rights of the children whose mother died of starvation and sickness on New Years Eve.
This has reference to your letter on the subject of protection of rights of children whose mother late Bhuje Naik has died on alleged starvation and sickness. In this regard, I am directed to say that Late Bhuje Naik alias Chinda of Karangamal village under Boden Block of Nuapada District has died due to illness (cancer) on 1st January, 2010. It is not a fact that she died due to starvation.
Late Bhuje Naik was receiving social welfare pension under the State government sponsored scheme called ‘Madhu Babu Pension Yojana”. She was a Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration card-holder and she received 25 Kg rice per month at the subsidized rate of Rs. 2/Kg. Prior to her death, she had been provided an assistance of Rs. 10,000/- from the District Red Cross Society under the Chairmanship of the District Collector for her treatment.
In this regard, an enquiry has been conducted by the Collector and District Magistrate, Nuapada who has confirmed that Smt. Naik had died due to illness (cancer) and not due to starvation.
Smt. Naik had seven children. The eldest daughter aged 16 is reported to be a mentally retarded person and she has been admitted in the Biju Pattnaik Special School for Mentally Challenged at Nuapada. Two daughters of Smt. Naik aged 15 and 14 years respectively are studying in Class X and
Class IX in the Karangamal High School. Four other children aged 11, 10, 7 and 5 years were studying in Karangamal Sevashram School run by the State government. These four children studying in Karangamal Sevashram along with two elder daughter studying in Karangamal High School were all staying as boarders in the Karangamal Sevashram School and would be eligible to continue in these institutions till completion of their Class X examination. Subsequently, one of them, Miss Puspanjali Chinda (11 years) has been shifted to Navadiganta Orphanage run by the district administration. The youngest children Akshya Chinda (7 years) and Janmejay Chinda (5 years) have been admitted to an Orphanage Kasturba Balashram, Khariar.
The district administration has sanctioned an assistance of Rs. 10,000/- under the National Family Benefit Scheme and the amount has been disbursed to the 2nd daughter of the deceased Bhuje Naik @ Chinda. It is not a fact that the children have stopped study in order to ensure food security for themselves. On the contrary, her children are studying in residential school or other institutions and are continued to be taken care of for education as well as food security. It is not a fact that two children of late Bhuje Naik @ Chinda had to engage in work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or as agricultural labourer is not a fact. Prior to death of late Bhuje Naik, her children were studying in various classes in the residential schools and they are continuing their education.
The district administration is constantly monitoring the food security, health measures and education of the children of the deceased Smt Bhuje Naik @ Chinda.
This is for your kind information.
Joint Secretary to Government