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No hearse: Woman’s body carried on trolley

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Kendrapara: The State Government has launched several schemes for the poor, but lack of implementation continues at the ground level in a latest glaring example, where a body of an old woman in the district has been transported on a trolley rickshaw.

Besides, the family of the deceased had to wait for hours for cremation as they did not have adequate money for performing the rites.

Sources said, a 75-year-old woman, Ani Bewa died of old age in her daughter’s house at Narilo village under Chakoda gram panchayat. Ani’s daughter Gitanjali Nayak, a widow, had sought financial aid of Rs 2,000 under the Yojana from local Sarpanch. But, the Sarpanch allegedly refused to release the money following which Gitanjali hired a trolley rickshaw to shift Ani’s body to her native village, Tarapur for the last rites.

In fact, reports of dead bodies being carried in trolley rickshaws or on human shoulders have been pouring in from different parts of the State as hearses are not available in hospitals. Besides, the poor families are deprived of the financial assistance for cremation of their relatives’ bodies as no fund is available in the panchayats’ Harishchandra accounts.

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