A day after British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi visited Shivkumari Kori in Semara village,the Sultanpur district administration sent the Block Development Officer to meet the Dalit woman and enquire about the government facilities she was getting.
The officer,who was accompanied by the village pradhan,inquired about her BPL card,the job card under NREGA and widow pension. Confirming the BDOs visit,Chief Development Officer of Sultanpur B Ram said Shivkumaris health did not permit her to work. Since she cannot work,the process is on to engage her as a mate (leader of a group of labourers), he said.
He said Shivkumari had recently received Rs 1,800 as widow pension for the first six months after her husbands death. Her husband died a year ago,and they had taken steps to ensure regular payment,he added. The CDO said Shivkumari had lost her BPL card. Therefore,the village pradhan assured to give her Rs 500 and foodgrains until a new card was issued. Soon,the BPL card will be issued again, the CDO said.
Miliband and Rahul had spent a night in her hut. Later,Shivkumari had told The Indian Express that she had nothing to share with her VIP visitors except poverty. She also said she had got a NREGA job card a year ago,but no work.