Paradip, Dec 4 (LocalWire) An elderly couple is starving in their dilapidated house in Paradip with no government assistance despite high court orders five years back.
According to sources, Iswar Khatua (86), his wife Basanti (77) and their mentally-retarded elder son are living in a pathetic condition in a dilapidated house on Taladanada canal embankment in Paradip.
The couple has identified as a landless family in 2013 and are facing acute poverty since Iswar can no longer work as daily wager due to old age. Basanti used to beg and run the family. But her failing health has stopped her from begging for alms.
Earlier, Basanti had requested the administration to provide them a piece of land at Chakradharpur village under Kujang tahsil under Odisha Government Land Settlement Rules 1983.
She had even filed a writ petition in Orissa High Court in 2013 seeking its intervention in the case.
Division bench of the high court, comprising judges S. Panda and B. R. Sarangi, had directed Kujang Tahsildar to provide land document in favour of Basanti within a period of three months from the date of production of the certified copy of the order.
According to sources, Basanti had produced the court order to the then tahsildar in 2013, who gave Rs 20 to her and committed to provide assistance and land.
“Even after 5 years of the directive of the high court, nothing has been done towards our plight. We are literally starving,” said Basanti.
Tahsildar Kujang Ramesh Chandra Panda said: “The administration is aware of the plight of this family. I have directed Kujang Block Development Officer (BDO) to provide free kitchen, including ration card, for their maintenance. Steps have been taken to provide land for their settlement.”