In September 2019, while addressing a public meeting at Palasa in Srikakulam district Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy promised that his government would provide all the necessary help and aid to those suffering from kidney diseases in the state. He had also promised to deliver a monthly pension of an amount ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 to the needy. However, a recent report from Bangarupalem Mandal of Chittoor district demonstrates that the Chief Minister and his government have failed to deliver his promise to the people of Andhra Pradesh.
In a very unfortunate incident, an old couple settled in Bangarupalem for a long time, have committed suicide due to some serious health complications and lack of money for treatment. As per the reports, the couple named Rajendran (72) and Jayamma (68) originally hailing from Tamil Nadu came down to work and were residing in Andhra Pradesh for a long time. Rajendran, a dialysis patient was under treatment from Christian Medical College, Vellore. His wife Jayamma was employed at a provision store. In March, doctors of the Christian Medical College, Vellore had advised Rajendran to avoid travel due to the pandemic.
As per the information from the locality, the couple was under serious economic stress and was even unable to purchase their essential medicines. As per the information from the local police, the couple locked themselves into the room and reportedly committed suicide by hanging. Serious financial tensions coupled up with their constraints to avail treatment in the hospitals forced them to take away their life. This incident poses one of the many questions towards the promises and the idea of ‘welfare’ under the YSRCP government.
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