Following The Sunday Express report that almost all the 13 women killed after the Bilaspur laparoscopic tubectomies have left behind an infant baby, the Chhattisgarh government Sunday announced that it would adopt the babies of these women and ensure free education for them.
In a high-level meeting, the state government decided to make a fixed deposit receipt of Rs 2 lakh in the name of each baby. The amount would be given to the child after he or she attains the age of 18.
The government, however, continues to be absent at ground zero.
Eight days have passed since the surgeries, but state Woman and Child Development Minister Ramshila Sahu is yet to visit the patients or the place where surgeries were carried out. CM Raman Singh has briefly visited the patients only twice so far. State Health Minister Amar Agarwal also visited the patients only twice — both times with the CM — despite Bilaspur being his home constituency.
Meanwhile, all 122 women who underwent the procedure are in the hospitals of Bilaspur.