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After alleged starvation death, proposal for foodgrain bank at block, panchayat level

Press Trust of India  |  Jamshedpur 

Facing a barrage of criticism in the wake of death of a woman in allegedly due to starvation, the Food department today proposed that the set up a of varied capacity at block and panchayat level.

Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affair Minister, Saryu Roy, also said that his department has written to all the district administrations to conduct a post-mortem if any suspected case of death was reported.

"I have proposed that the government set up a of 10 quintal capacity at block level and one quintal capacity at panchayat level," Roy told reporters.

The said that the could be managed either by his department or Rural Development or by Social Welfare department.

The government has drawn flak in the wake of 58-year-old

dying allegedly due to in Mangargadi village of district after being denied foodgrains at ration shop. However an official probe report -- made public by the -- has said she was suffering from a and has ruled out for her death, citing Rs 2,375 in her

Besides, the case, another suspected starvation death in Itkhori of district recently has been reported in the media.

Roy said the woman hailed from Barachatti of adjoining and she came to Itkhori about a fortnight ago.

"However, a post-mortem was conducted on the directive of the district administration and we are awaiting the autopsy report to know the exact cause of her death," he added.

The cited the probe report on Giridih incident to trash the opposition attack and accused them of running a campaign against the government over the issue to "defame" it.

"Why didn't JMM MLA Jagannath Mahato, who was present at her funeral procession, ask for a post-mortem if she had died of starvation?" the said.

About Ajoy Kumar's demand that he resign owning moral responsibility for the death of Savitri Devi, Roy said Kumar, who himself is a doctor, should have tried to find out the details before asking for the resignation.

"The demand is nothing but a conspiracy to target the government," he said.

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First Published: Thu, June 07 2018. 19:35 IST