VELLORE: The family of Rajan (name changed), a 10-year-old boy from Kasba, who suffers from a locomotor disability, is fighting an uphill battle to renovate his house with a dilapidated roof. They asked the state government to provide financial support for the renovation.
Besides Rajan, the family, from the Arunthathiyar community, consists of his mother Varalakshmi and father Gunasekaran (51), who live in their dilapidated ancestral home in Kasba.
“We don’t know when the roof of the house will collapse. Water is pouring off the roof and sewage water is seeping into our house even if there are short periods of rain. It will be a great help if the state government also helps renovate our house,” Gunasekaran told TNIE.
Varalakshmi, who works as a cleaner in a shop in Vellore, is the family’s sole breadwinner, while Gunasekaran stays home to care for their child, as he lost sight in one eye in due to a health problem. She earns ₹3,000 per month, of which more than ₹1,000 is used to buy medicine for Rajan and his father. Even though Rajan receives free treatment at Christian Medical College, the family has to pay for his medication.
Apart from the ₹3,000 they earn, the family also receives Disability Assistance of ₹1,000 from the TN government every month.
Vellore District SC/ST Welfare Committee member P Bala told TNIE, “We are also asking the collector to provide government employment for Varalakshmi as an Anganwadi worker. The family faces poverty and struggles to feed themselves properly. As she works on a daily wage, the family will face problems if she falls ill or another lockdown is announced. A government job will be useful for the survival of the family.