Srikant Dixit was a 40-year-old man in Pakriha village in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. He was too poor to afford a meal a day and earned his living as a daily wage labourer. Then one day he fell ill. That illness prevented him from going out to work.
Srikant Dixit. Sudhir Mishra/Facebook
His 70-year-old mother, Kalyani Devi, says that her son – the older of the two – died due to starvation. She told reporters that the family tried to survive on a mixture of flour and water; an ailing Srikant could not. Even the villager support the family’s claim.
According to this report, the district administration claimed that he died of ailment not hunger.
Srikant before illness and poverty turned him into a skeletal self. Patrika
The State Government has now asked the district administration to submit a report in this regard.
Reports say that it is only after the death of Srikant that the administration was jolted out of its slumber.
Villagers in Srikant Dixit’s hometown. ABP Live
But there is no use of this sudden benevolence.
His mother and younger brother, Shivakant, tried but could not get ration because they didn’t have a card.
Srikant’s mother before the hut in which the family lives. Amar Ujala
What is depressing is the emergence of the fact that there are many like Srikant in Uttar Pradesh without a ration card or Below Poverty Line (BPL) card despite fit for inclusion in that category. That officials reached his hut after he was dead compounds the sorry state of affairs.
Srikant’s death has triggered a wave of sympathy and anger in the state which heads to polls next year. It is worth noting that Barabanki is merely 20 kilometers from Lucknow, the state capital.