Cuttack: The death of 55-year-old Mr. Jagabandhu Ghadei of Purbakhanda village, Niali Gram Panchayat, Cuttack district on 12th November 2011, in Tuberculosis (TB) and malnutrition has drawn International attention with the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), who has taken up the matter with the Indian Government.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a report from the State Government and the State Women and Child Welfare Department has directed Collector and District Magistrate to investigate and submit a report by 31st December on this issue.

As per a report submitted by Jin Ju, AHRC programme officer of Right to Food Programme, prior to Jagabandhu’s death, former Collector Mr. Kishore Ch. Mohanty had visited the market area for evacuation and witnessed Jagabandhu’s extreme poverty without proper food and basic facilities and ordered the relevant officials to provide land, housing and food grain to his family in accordance with schemes such as Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) for housing and Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) for food.

But no action was taken to address the problem when he was alive or even after his death. This has forced 15 years old Rabindra Ghadei (eldest son of Jagabandhu Ghadei) to work as a construction labourer. But what has made the matter worse is that the construction work is available for 3-4 days a month, which cannot meet the family’s needs.

It is noteworthy to mention that, Jagabandhu was expelled from his village 15 years back due to his inter-caste marriage with Urmila. He was engaged in fishing work, for which he was paid only 100 rupees per day, which was
which was insufficient to feed his family.

Two months before Jagabandhu’s death, he was diagnosed to be suffering from TB. Despite being well aware of the deplorable condition of Jagabandhu’s family, his family was left to its own with the Government officials paying no heed to his problems, Ju alleged.

Jagabandhu’s death has been a strict violation of the Fundamental Rights of a person. So the AHRC has demanded that the officials concerned should be held responsible for the lapse and Jagabandhu’s family should be provided with immediate support.