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11-year-old girl died 'Begging For Food' after being denied for meal as family didn't have Aadhaar Card

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[Updated:17 October 2017 10:52]
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No Aadhaar, No Food? Girl, 11, Died 'Begging For Rice', Says Jharkhand Family

In this auspicious  festival of Diwali, school holidays mean joy and a break from studies for all children. But in the case of  Santoshi Kumari, it meant starving to death. "The 11-year-old died on September 28 at her village in Jharkhand, months after the administration reportedly stopped giving her family subsidized food. "Doctors say the child died of malaria, but her family claims she died crying, "bhaat, bhaat (rice)."
 
Girl's family, counted among India's poorest, is eligible for a ration card which entitles them to low cost rice, wheat and sugar from government stores under the NFS Act. As per initial fact-finding report by members of the non-profit "Right to Food Campaign and NREGA Watch, a local dealer in Simdega district refused to give anything to Santoshi's family because their ration card had not been linked to their Aadhaar unique ID number following a government rule in February."
 
 Girl parent says, "My daughter died begging for bhaat...For four or five days, no one in the family had eaten,".
 
A couple of days after Santoshi's death, reports brought activist Tara Mani Sah to the village. "When I learnt that a family is not getting food, I went there on September 30. I saw that the family neither had food nor a place to live."
 
Social worker pointed out that cancelling a family's ration facility is in clear violation of several Supreme Court orders since 2013, which say that "an Aadhaar number cannot be made compulsory for benefits to poor families under government welfare schemes, particularly for subsidised food-grain."
 
Jharkhand's minister in charge of Food and Civil Supply, Saryu Rai, said he had ordered an probe in the case. But the question is can we really afford losing people because not having Aadhaar Card?