The State Human Rights Commission has come to the aid of a government employee who was denied interest-free loan by the government for an angioplasty on the grounds that ‘own funds’ were not available with the panchayat for the purpose.
Human Rights Commission Chairman J B Koshy ruled on Tuesday that the lack of own funds was no justification for denying the money to the petitioner. The Commission’s intervention came on a petition filed M Shibu, a clerk at the Anchuthengu grama panchayat in the district.
An examination at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College revealed blocks in his arteries and the doctors prescribed urgent angioplasty. Shibu’s mother herself is currently undergoing treatment at the same hospital after an angioplasty.
Caught in a predicament, Shibu requested the Anchuthengu grama panchayat secretary to sanction him Rs 1.80 lakh as interest-free loan for his treatment. The secretary, on his part, forwarded the request to the state government saying that own funds were not available with the panchayat.
Shibu complained to the Commission saying that he has been running from pillar to post at the Secretariat to get the financial assistance sanctioned.
He also told the Commission that he has two children - studying in classes VII and V - and that the angioplasty was urgently required.
The panchayat secretary informed the Commission that own funds were not available. But the Commission instructed the panchayat to make the funds available and also asked the District Collector to sanction the petitioner money from the government’s relief funds urgently.