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Kargil widow dies, son says hospital wanted Aadhaar card to start treatment

Talking to media at Ambala, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said a team of health was sent to Sonipat to collect details of the incident.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 31, 2017 6:13 am
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The wife of a soldier, who was killed in Kargil, died in a private hospital in Sonipat after the medical staff allegedly refused to admit her for not carrying her Aadhaar card. The state government ordered an inquiry into the matter on Saturday. Talking to media at Ambala, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said a team of health was sent to Sonipat to collect details of the incident.

In Karnal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said an inquiry would be conducted. “I have received information about it. We will conduct an inquiry and punish those found guilty,” he told mediapersons.

“Shakuntala Devi (55), widow of Kargil war martyr Havaldar Laxman Dass, died on Thursday for want of medical care in a private hospital as it insisted on having the patient’s Aadhaar card,” her son Pawan Kumar Balyan told PTI over phone.

Balyan, a resident of Mahlana village in Sonipat, said his mother was suffering from a heart problem.

“I took her to the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Hospital in Sonipat and got the referral slip for Tulip Hospital on Thursday,” he said.

“At the counter of the hospital, the authorities asked me to give the Aadhaar card of my ailing mother so that she could be admitted for treatment. I told them I had forgotten it and would get it soon from my home, and requested them to start the treatment. But the hospital authorities insisted on the Aadhaar card,” Balyan said.

“After about half-an-hour of argument with the hospital authorities, I decided to leave the place with my mother,” he said, adding that “the hospital authorities also called up police who asked me not to make a scene on the hospital premises”.

“I brought back my mother to ECHS Sonipat where she died the same evening,” Balyan said.

“I have given a written complaint about the matter to ECHS authorities who visited my house from Ambala,” he said.

Abhimanyu Kumar of Tulip Multi-speciality Hospital said they do insist on Aadhaar cards, but denied the allegation that they were not ready to admit Shakuntala Devi. “We wanted to treat the woman, but her family members decided to take her away,” he said.

Policeman Srikrishan, who was at the spot when the incident took place, said the hospital authorities had requested Balyan to get the ailing woman admitted.

“Balyan seemed upset by the attitude of the hospital staff and preferred to leave with his mother,” he said.

Shakuntala Devi was the wife of Havaldar Laxman Dass who was posted with the 8th Jat Regiment in Muskoh valley near Kargil. He died of bullet injuries during a gun battle with intruders on June 9, 1999.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Sure Sharma
    Dec 31, 2017 at 9:33 am
    the govt should cancel other documents like ration card , voter id, passport , if aadhaar is to be the norm . why duplicate and triplicate everything
    1. Bipin Bhardwaj
      Dec 31, 2017 at 9:01 am
      Aadhar card is a direct attack on poor the majority of people of India to starve them deny them health education,the attack on the people is continuing and colonial repression, terrorizing people is the most important WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF THE gOVT to silent people resistance and opposition to its nefarious design of Loot. While it refused to reveal the names of the biggest Looters of the banks and facilitate the Loot of the resources robbery of the Land by the rich corporate houses. It has not done any thing to recover huge bank loans about 28 lakhs crores from psu banks, instead it encourages them not to repay by writing off their default on these loans. The cover of Development is to increase the Loot of the people and the country by the home grown super rich robbers under the continuing colonial rule and laws, plans, and economic orientation of the Govt.
      1. Sankaran Krishnan
        Dec 31, 2017 at 8:17 am
        If lessons are learnt by the family it is better to tag the Aadhaar Card xerox copies to the deceased person to be visible so that the Burial ground staffs will accept or else they too reject and then blame that the family is taken away on their own and if NO Aadhaar Card sent the body to the UIDAI for cremation or at CM's residence and make them to arrange for the funeral and let them stick the Aadhaar and then the family can conduct the rituals and do ensure all those who are all attending including the priest who is conducting is having a valid Aadhaar or else the Civic authorities may reject to issue Death Certificate citing Aadhaar is not available and thus make you run from pillar to post ???
        1. Saichand
          Dec 31, 2017 at 6:55 am
          If there is an aadhar rule for everyone why should kargil widow be an exception, don't twist news like times of india does, don't show unnecesaary patriotism, please do investigate, and publish news which make real change in peoples lives.
          1. ramesh Singh
            Dec 31, 2017 at 8:56 am
            What you are writing are you really mad . son lost mother and hospital had not done his duty . Really shame on thinking on people like you . I will pray to god this will happene to your family .
          2. Ramalingan Narayanan
            Dec 31, 2017 at 6:28 am
            The Toilets in Mumbai is demanding Adhar to relieve .This is the state of affairs in country.The Govt.is misusing the adhar.when this card was brought.BJP on to p of it voice told it will destroy man's public life etc.now the Feku party is misusing it.Now they know the purpose of it but they instead of using it for real purpose it is using for some other useless purpose which is meaningless.The feku does not know what are the use and how to use etc as because MMS and chidu have not left noting about the use.Mr.Jaitly is only fit to make big big dpeach which will not bring employment nor it will solve the public problems.
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