Published by: Jeet Kumar
Updated Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:06 AM IST
Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha tweeted on Thursday that a video was being viral on social media to spread rumors that an elderly woman was living in the toilet with her granddaughter.
Nitish Kumar’s minister Sanjay Kumar Jha
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Nitish Kumar’s confidant and Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha said that the site inspection conducted by the District Magistrate, Nalanda revealed that the said woman Kaushalya Devi lives in a hut next to the toilet.
The minister said that apart from a granddaughter of Kaushalya Devi, no other family member lives with her. The woman gets old age pension and public distribution system (PDS) food grains. The old man has no problem with food. The district administration will renovate the woman’s hut and make the street adjacent to it paved.
In a press release issued by Nalanda District Magistrate Yogendra Singh, it has been said in the report sent by Hilsa’s Sub-Divisional Officer after investigation that Kaushalya Devi, wife of late Shivnandan Mahato, has four sons.
He said that his first son Anil Prasad’s family lives in Delhi and does a private job. Second son Sudhir Kumar has died. The third son Ramdhin Prasad lives in the family Hilsa and does cycle repair work. The fourth son Satish Prasad who died 08-10 years ago and after sometime his wife who is said to be deranged are missing. The said couple has a daughter of about 10 years old, who lives with old lady Kaushalya Devi. The first son has not come to the village for the last 15 years and has no contact with the old lady.
Nalanda District Magistrate said that during the inspection, old woman Kaushalya Devi was found with her granddaughter in a small room made of old karkat adjacent to the toilet.
He said that the news about staying in the toilet was not found to be true during the course of investigation. He said that old woman Kaushalya Devi has been getting ration through the Public Distribution System and there is no problem of food and drink and she also gets old age pension.
He told that Ramdhin Prasad, the third son of the old woman, was told that he was very poor and was helpless on his feet. He told that he runs a cycle repair shop near Kasturba Vidyalaya in Hilsa. He told that Prasad asked his mother to stay with him but she refused to stay with him.
Nalanda District Magistrate said that during the inspection, the matter of staying in the toilet and eating was found to be completely wrong. Nevertheless, in view of the poverty of the old age, the Block Development Officer of Karaiparsurai has been directed to immediately renovate the ceiling, wall and floor of the old woman’s hut room.