Mother of four children struggles to eke out living

Published: 12th August 2013 11:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2013 11:27 AM   |  A+A-


For Sombari Singh (35), it is getting difficult to meet both ends with every passing day. A thatched roof with no wall is the only property this mother of four has now.

A native of Singhdiha village under Badasahi block, she ekes out a living by working as a domestic help after her husband Narayan Singh (40) committed suicide three months back.

Narayan was suffering from jaundice and took the extreme step after failing to arrange money for his treatment.

“He was not able to work due to his weak health. I could not earn much to meet his treatment cost. We pleaded for help, but none came to our rescue. One day, I found him hanging in our house,” she said.

All her four children - Pabana (8), Swagatika (6), Parvati (4) and Swapna (1) - are malnourished.

Sombari lost her house in the recent flood. She alleged that she was not provided any relief despite repeated apeals.

When the matter was brought to the notice of the administration, block executive officer Yudhistir Mohanta, BWO Madhuchhanda Giri along with anganwadi worker Bharati Behera rushed to her house and provided her 10 kg rice and Rs100 as financial assistance.

BDO Prakash Chandra Behera said a house under Mo Kudia Yojana had been provided to Sombari and her name included in widow pension scheme.

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