A physically challenged youth from Madhya Pradesh in a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to commit suicide if his demand for assistance under a government scheme was not met by Diwali.
Pravin Padiyar said he had been running from pillar to post to avail facilities under the welfare scheme meant for Divyangs (physically challenged), since he lost his right leg in an accident a few years back.Even the prime minister’s office assured to look into his case on October 13 after he had taken up his case with the PMO, he claimed.
“Frustrated by the repeated rejections,” he now threatened to take the “extreme step” either in Bhopal or New Delhi.
Efforts are on to address youth’s complaint : CEO
When contacted, CEO of the district panchayat Anurag Choudhary said efforts were on to address his complaint by this week.
Padiyar claimed justice was denied to him even after he put up his case “at least 100 times” at weekly public hearings being conducted in Jhabua and Bhopal to redress the grievances of the physically challenged.
Former district collector Aruna Gupta even threatened to jail him, he alleged.
According to Padiyar his application to district industries centre for providing him a bus under the welfare scheme was approved initially, but on October 19, 2015 it was rejected on the ground that he won’t be able to drive the bus.
‘CM asked me to avail other welfare scheme’
When he drew the attention of the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, during his visit to Jhabua on November 30, 2015, on the matter, the latter asked him to avail other welfare scheme.
“Accordingly, I applied for 900 square feet of land. But the officials are now saying that they would give me land to build a house and a shop at different locations of the town, which I refused to accept,” he said.
He had in the past even attempted to commit suicide once by jumping off a tower.