When nature calls, he needs to be dragged to the toilet and held, as he finishes the nature’s call. His dignity suffers as much as his body, but who will listen to an old, disabled man?
At 55, Ramchandra from Koyli village in Bihar is disabled waist down because of an illness which went untreated due to lack of money. Once an independent man working in farms, today he is at the mercy of others for movement.
He has applied to the local administration under the Mukhya Mantri Samarthya Yojana scheme, to help him with a tricycle to get around. But the pleas have constantly gone unheard, forcing him to sit there and struggle to hold on to his last piece of dignity. Like Ramchandra, nine more disabled elders of the village who need a tricycle to get by, but have been ignored by the local administration.
There are more than 3 crore disabled citizens in India, roughly over 2.5% of the total population as per the 2011 Census. However, this population is almost unseen, unheard and unattended to – by the government and the people. Most of the country’s infrastructure has not been built keeping the disabled in mind, the medical care for impoverished disabled people is almost negligent in most places, if not absent altogether.
Help Ramchandra and other elders by sponsoring a tricycle or by calling the Block Development Officer of the block on +91-9431818506
This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Guddi Kumari.
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