FACING acute financial crunch following prolonged illness of their father, two brothers from UP’s Kanpur district wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) responded to the letter by 13-year-old Sushant Mishra and his 8 year-old brother Tanmay and ensured the treatment of their father Saroj Mishra (50) at the district hospital.
Mishra (50), a resident of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar locality, is suffering from acute asthma for the past two years and had not been able to take up his private job of tailoring for past six months.
Both the children have stopped going to school as the family is unable to pay the fee while the rent of the house is also not paid for past several months.
After the boys sent the letter in January, the PMO responded in February asking the Kanpur District Magistrate (DM) to provide medical help to the ailing man.
Kanpur DM Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “In the letter, children had sought medical help. I got the letter from PMO on February 23 asking to do the needful. I issued direction to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to make necessary arrangements.”
The CMO sent letter to Mishra’s house asking him to visit the Ursula Horsman Memorial District Hospital so that his treatment could be started immediately.
“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.
When contacted, Mishra said, “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”.
The elder of the two sibling, Sushant is a student of Class VII while Tanmay is in Class IV at Bapu Education Centre in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar locality. Mishra along with wife Vandana and both children have been living in a rented house for last 10 months.
“After my condition deteriorated six months ago, I stopped going for work. The money we had was spent on my treatment. Initially, our relatives and neighbours helped but for last five months they too have not been in a position to help us. We borrowed money from a money lender for my treatment,” said Mishra, adding that he could not deposit school fee of his sons for last few months and has not paid the rent of the houses.
“We decided to seek help from Prime Minister and sent the letter after collecting address from one of our relatives in Kanpur,” Sushant said.