Volleying the blame
The response of the bureaucracy to starvation deaths has been appalling as Aadhaar linking is pursued to demonstrate loyalty, writes Arun Srivastava.
Jharkhand's PDS Minister Saryu Roy, despite acting late, nevertheless, in one stroke, demolished the myth of the government diktat of the Aadhaar card being indispensable. On September 28, Santoshi, a girl belonging to an extremely poor family hailing from Simdega, died of starvation. This occurred in the aftermath of Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma's directive that rendered the ration card of the family ineligible as they were not linked to the Aadhaar system. The family had not received any ration since February but subsisted on doles from villagers and the mid-day meal Santoshi received at her school.