Bhubaneswar, September 16 (LocalWire): In a sad state of affair reflecting government apathy, a man was denied a dignified last journey even after his death.
Bali Shanta, a tribal of Kudumudhanra village under Raighar block had died yesterday night while undergoing treatment at the Umerkote sub-divisional hospital.
With the authorities refusing to provide the government-run Mahaprayan corpse carrier vehicle, his son Loki Shata was forced to carry his father’s body on a motorbike to perform the last rites in Nabaragpur district.
While Shata drove the vehicle, a fellow villager pillion rider held the corpse on its way to the cremation ground.
The Umrekote Hospital authorities could not be reached for comments on the incident
“The Odisha government agencies seem to have forgotten to accord dignity to the dead. It’s an abject failure of service delivery mechanism while the chief minister is reeling out statistics on a daily basis of the improved service delivery mechanism in the state.
The incident of this nature projects the state in poor light to the outer world,” Human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo said.
Odisha had earlier hogged the spotlight for a similar reason when a tribal man Dana Majhi was forced to shoulder the corpse of his spouse for several kilometers to cremate her.
“Dead should be accorded dignity. Mahapryan was launched for the said purpose.
But episodes of bodies being carried on carts, bicycles, and bikes make it amply clear that the scheme has failed to take off in Odisha,” Kanungo stated.