A woman, aged around 30, delivered a child by the roadside in Latehar district on Friday. She had come to the Latehar town to get her Aadhar card made.
The district administration has ordered an inquiry into the incident and initiated dismissal proceedings against the ANM in her village and also a panchayat assistant. According to the police, the woman, identified as Sonmani Angeria, a resident of Tipu Hesla village, had left for Latehar town, around 15 km from her village on Thursday. The pregnant woman, accompanied by her three minor children, had come to the town for getting her Aadhar card made.
“From the information we got, the woman came to the town on Thursday to get her aadhar card made. Apparently, she could not get the work done and stayed in a rain basera (night shelter). Early in the morning, she began suffering labour pain. We got information in the early half of the day on Friday and got her admitted to the hospital. The mother and child are surviving,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Latehar), Purshottam Singh.
Latehar Deputy Commissioner Pramod Kumar Gupta said: “It is a sad development. I have ordered an inquiry by the Deputy Development Commissioner and the Civil Surgeon and sought a detailed report on the same. As of now, I have already initiated the proceedings for dismissal of the Panchayat Sevika and the ANM.”
Gupta said that he personally visited the hospital and met the woman. “She was getting rations as per the existing system. I ensured that she got her aadhar card in the hospital itself. I have also directed the hospital to give her children best possible care. She has not formally complained against anybody. But, if we come across the culpability of others, strict action would be taken,” he said.
Gupta added that the woman should not have come to the town for getting her aadhar card made. “We have given tabs and the requisite infrastructure in each and every panchayat. Also, there are ANMs to ensure institutional deliveries. Therefore, their negligence is prima facie clear. Her Aadhar card should have been made within her village and she should have been enrolled with the ANM,” he said.
There were also reports of no medical aid, like provision of an ambulance, being extended to the woman for a few hours despite calls being made to the hospital. Civil Surgeon Dr Rajeshwar Singh could not be reached for his comment on the matter. “I am not in a position to comment on the specifics. However, it is clear that aid did not reach her in time. The inquiry report will bring out the truth and action would be taken,” said the DC.