Jharkhand family claims starvation death, minister saysofficial reports deny allegation Ranchi/G

Jharkhand family claims starvation death, minister saysofficial reports deny allegation Ranchi/Giridih, Nov 7 (PTI) A family in Jharkhand'sGiridih district has alleged that one of its members died ofstarvation, but state's Food and Civil Supplies minister SaryuRoy Thursday said official reports on the incident deny theclaim.

The minister said a perfectly laid out protocol toprevent death due to starvation is in place in the state.

Ramesh Turi of Chirudih in Giridih district had told themedia that his 48-year-old wife Savitri died of starvation onTuesday last.

Not buying the claim, the minister said, 'there is aperfect protocol to give ration under the Annapurna Yojana tothe needy even if they dont have ration cards, there aregrain bank and Rs 10,000 is given to Mukhias who can beapproached for assistance.

'The officials deny the report of starvation death,' Roytold PTI, citing 'ambiguity' in the media reports.

He, however, said 'if the (starvation) report is truethen certainly responsibility will be fixed.' Giridih Deputy Commissioner- Rahul Kumar Sinha-dismissedthat Savitri Devi died because of lack of food.

'After an investigation into the report of starvationdeath, it was found that all the members of the family arehealthy, food materials are at their home and it is not a caseof starvation,' Sinha told PTI in Giridih.

District Supply Officer- Pawan Mandal- said theinvestigating team found that four kg of rice, one kg pulseand potatoes were at their home.

'His eldest son is constructing a pucca house aftertaking loan while two other sons are healthy and a daughter ismarried and stays in the same locality,' Mandal said.

Civil Surgeon- Dr Awadhesh Kumar Sinha- said the familymembers did not allow for a post-mortem after they claimedthat she died of starvation.

The family members are engaged in farming work, sourcessaid.

'A two-member medical team today checked health of thefamily members and found that every member is healthy,' theCivil Surgeon said. PTI CORR PVRSNS SNS