BANGALORE: Visually and physically challenged 70-year-old Shivanna and his wife Chikkathayamma, a kidney patient, are waiting for more than six months to get financial assistance from BBMP for their treatment.
On Monday, Shivanna came all the way crawling from Guttahalli in Gavipuram to BBMP headquarters to seek the aid.
Mayor Shanthakumari assured them of releasing `20,000.
“I can’t walk. For me, a stick is not useful as I can’t see. When I went to Minto Hospital with a complaint of red eye, I gradually lost my eye sight though they gave me medicine. I did not know I was a diabetic till I injured my leg. The injury led to amputation of my right leg,” he said.
Eight years ago, Shivanna, a vegetable vendor at Basavanagudi, was the sole bread winner of his family. Now, he eats chapatis which his wife gets from a house where she works as a maid.
“I have two daughters. Both are married and live in Mysore and Channapatna. My only son works as a coolie. We cannot fill our stomach. My wife works at nearby houses,” he said.
A friend suggested Chikkathayamma to approach BBMP for financial assistance.
“I have kidney problem and was hospitalised. Medical bills for my treatment as well as husband’s treatment are more than what we can afford. We had given a letter to Mayor some six months ago. We have not received a single paisa till now. I have to work,” she said.
When contacted Mayor Shanthakumari said the previous Mayor (B S Sathyanarayana) had approved medical grants, giving a hope to the seekers. He might have approved grants up to `1.5 crore.
“People are approaching me to release the grants stating that previous Mayor has approved. But where is the money? For Shivanna and family, I have approved `20,000,” she said.