Periya: Kerala may boast of several achievements, but several impoverished families do exist in the state despite several affirmative action by the authorities. A poor family here in Kasaragod district is in such a dire strait that it seeks the support of public to overcome its plight. The four-member family will heave a sigh of relief if some donated a cot to a paralysed member or helped another get a job.
Raghavan, a labourer, has been paralysed for the last 8 years. His wife Chandravathi works at a beedi factory to make the ends meet. However, she finds it extremely difficult to meet the expenses for her husband’s treatment and the education of two children with her meagre income. Lack of proper treatment had worsened Raghavan’s condition and he even lost his ability to speak almost a couple of years ago.
Chandravathi and the kids hope that he would be able to walk again if proper treatment is made available. She can’t bear to see her sick husband lying on the floor. She complained that the authorities have turned a blind eye to their plight, and they have not even donated a cot for Raghavan. He is laid on the floor as the family cannot even afford a cot or a bed.
Eldest daughter Sharanya awaits a job so that she can treat her bedridden father and also support her younger sister who had to drop out of school. She has completed her graduation. Her younger sister Lavanya was forced to discontinue her studies when Chandravathi’s income dropped significantly as her job at the beedi factory was limited to one day a week.
The family hasn’t received any government aid or compensation, and they live in a small house constructed by the block panchayat on their five-cent plot.
Donations could be made into an account in Chandravathi’s name at the Kerala Grameen Bank. (Details: Kerala Grameen Bank, Periya Bazar, SB Account number: 40442100005553, IFS Code: KLGB0040442. Ph: 9544953680.)