BENGALURU: Saalumarada Thimmakka is unable to meet her medical expenses. She was admitted with a breathing problem at Apollo Speciality Hospitals four days ago.Thimmakka’s foster son Umesh said, “Due to government’s announcements, people think Thimmakka is rich while in fact, she is in debt and we had to pledge two of her gold medals.
But later, these medals were retrieved when Basavaraj, a BBMP corporator, paid the debts. Last year, MP Rajeev Chandrashekar paid her medical bills. There are many well-wishers who would like to help but the government’s claims of paying her crores and paying her medical bills has created a wrong impression.”
Vijay Nishanth, an urban conservationist, said, “Thimmakka is a source of inspiration to us for her pioneering work. How can she survive on `500 per month ? Instead of making false promises, let them look after her expenses. We are not asking much for all the work she has done. Imagine children read about her in text books while she is neglected.” Umesh, who has been looking after her for the last 16 years said, “It is ironic that CM Siddaramaiah has announced projects in her name in his budget proposals while remaining indifferent to her plight.”