The boys had to drop out of school because their father was ill and out of a job; he could not pay their fees. They wrote to the PM for help. Here's what happened.
Two Kanpur boys, 13-year-old Sushant and 8-year-old Tanmay, have ensured their asthmatic out-of-a-job father Saroj Mishra gets the treatment he needs, by writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help.
Saroj has been suffering from acute asthma for the last two years and has been unable to go back to his tailoring job for the last six months.
The children have dropped out of school, the house rent hasn’t been paid, and the family has had to borrow money from a moneylender for the father’s treatment.
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Sushant is a student of Class VII while Tanmay is in Class IV. The boys used to study at the Bapu Education Centre in the Sanjay Gandhi Nagar locality in Kanpur.
“We decided to seek help from Prime Minister and sent the letter after collecting address from one of our relatives in Kanpur,” Sushant told The Indian Express.
The Prime Minister’s Office received the letter in January. It responded within a month, asking the Kanpur District Magistrate (DM) to intervene and provide medical help for Saroj Mishra. In addition, it sent a response to the boys:
“We received your letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India. Rest assured that the concerned authorities at the Ursula Hospital, Kanpur will provide your father with the medical attention he requires.”
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The Kanpur DM issued directions to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to make necessary arrangements for the same. The CMO sent a letter to the boys, asking that the father be taken to Ursula Horsman Memorial District Hospital.
“Saroj is suffering from asthma. He visited district hospital on Monday and was examined. Medicine has been provided to him for immediate relief and doctors have asked him to visit the hospital next week for follow-up. District hospital has test facility and doctors would conduct the necessary investigation here,” CMO Ramayan Prasad said.
Although the family is now facing less of a financial crunch than before, Saroj Mishra is hopeful the government will provide further assistance.
“My sons had written the letter for medical help but we need financial assistance also. We will approach the state government for financial help so that house rent and school fee of the children could be paid. If needed, I will send a letter to PMO seeking the help,” he said.