A day after severely malnourished Meghala (5) died of pneumonia, the government gave her mother Murugamma an Anthyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card.
“Now I can at least feed my other daughter. They will give me 29 kg rice, 6 kg wheat and four kg sugar every month. This is enough for the two of us,” she said on Friday. “Had we received this card earlier, Meghala would be alive today.”
After receiving an APL card, she submitted a form to the authorities over two months ago requesting them to give her a BPL card but did not receive any response from the Department of Food and Civil Supplies. “On many days, my daughters and I went hungry. I had to lose my child before actually getting this provision from the government,” said Murugamma, who lost her vision to chicken pox when she was nine.
Although her deceased child was registered with the anganwadi centre at DJ Halli, she did not receive food supplies. Being visually challenged, Murugamma is entitled to pension and is in the process of submitting her documents again.
Ekta, a social worker, said she will take Murugamma to a hospital on Saturday to get her examined for pneumonia.