The mother of a 14-year-old boy, a budding hockey player, who lost his legs in an accident on October 23, 2012, has cried for financial assistance from the government.
Geeta Rani, a resident of Batsti Gujan, told HT that her younger son, Akash Mehra, a budding hockey player and had represented the state at the National Schools and Sub-Junior championship.
After the accident, she has become the sole bread winner for the family and is struggling to make ends meet. Her husband has been mentally retarded for over 16 years.
"My son's legs had to be amputated after he fell off a running train in 2012. Since then, I have been doing odd jobs to sustain my family."
She added that more than 16 operations had been performed on his son since then, who is completely dependent on a wheel-chair and needs constant care and attention.
After the accident, MLAs Daljeet Singh Cheema and Pargat Singh, along with functionaries of the Hockey Academy at Jarkhar, has visited the hospital. However, their promises of financial help eventually turned away.
"A few days back, I approached Punjab governor at Chandigarh, asking for regular financial help."
"My sons, Azad and Akash, were very good at hockey and were trained by the specialists at Jarkhar hockey academy. After the accident, even as the burden on me increased, I had to leave my job as domestic help, my only source of income."
"Akash is slowly coming out of the shock and has started learning computers. A generous donor from the US gifted a computer, after coming to know of our plight. If the government can arrange a job, even on a Class-IV post, it will be a huge blessing for me," said Geeta Rani.
To reach the family
92172-28756 (Geeta Rani)
98760-44330 (Bakhshi Ram, district sports officer (retired))