Advertisements in dailies, asking for grants towards kid’s operation have become a commonplace. I can invariably see one of those ads, everyday. To add, today’s newspaper featured an incident where a father has thrown his 6-year old kid into a river, unable to bear her medical expenses due to malfunctioning kidneys. He was treating the kid for the past 3 years and may be he had decided that it is not possible anymore.
I was thinking – can you blame the dad? May be this can seem to be a cruel act, but what are the options left for him? Leave the kid in an orphanage, request for grants, leave the kid untreated to death or get rid of the child; which he has precisely done.
I was wondering if the community or the Government can help in this regard. I am already very much aware of many social groups operating independently or under an organization, that are involved in these activities. But the Government’s contribution to this cause has been extremely pathetic. Education and health care are considered more important in a growing economy like India. Every tax paying individual contributes to the education, whereas the health care is not taken care of. In India, Health care has always been given a step-motherly treatment. Though many corpus might exist for various purposes, they do not reach the needy in time.
In my opinion, the best solution for this malady is to have a transparent and large scale corpus for providing grants to the needy and under privileged. I am very sure that the tax paying professionals would not mind sparing another 1% of their income for this cause. All citizens of our nation should be enlightened about this and the Public Delivery System of this scheme must be simple enough for a common man. Applications can be received for these grants and an individual department must be responsible for verifying these applications and sanctioning the grants. In a country like India, where the concept of social security is nowhere visible in the near future, steps like these must do a world of good.
Is anyone listening?