Woman died of hunger, say kin; Jharkhand mantri trashes claim

RANCHI/GIRIDIH: A family in Jharkhands Giridih district has alleged that one of its members died of starvation, but states food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy on Thursday said official reports on the incident deny the claim.
The minister said a perfectly laid out protocol to prevent death due to starvation is in place in the state. Ramesh Turi of Chirudih in Giridih had told the media that his 48-year-old wife Savitri died of starvation on Tuesday. Not buying the claim, the minister said, “there is a perfect protocol to give ration under the Annapurna Yojana to the needy even if they dont have ration cards, there are grain bank and Rs 10,000 is given to Mukhias who can be approached for assistance.
“The officials deny the report of starvation death,” said Roy, citing “ambiguity” in the media reports. He, however, said “if the (starvation) report is true then certainly responsibility will be fixed.”
Giridih deputy commissioner — Rahul Kumar Sinha — dismissed that Savitri Devi died because of lack of food. “After an investigation into the report of starvaRead More – Source

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