MP rushes to ailing 'Saalumarada' Thimmakka while Siddaramaiah government continues to ignore her

First Published 18, Oct 2017, 2:37 PM IST
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Highlights
  • 'Saalumarada' Thimmakka, a noted environmentalist, has been hospitalised for some time now
  • On many occasions, the State government has promised to take care of the centenarian, but nothing has been done so far
  • MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar enquired about Thimmakka's health and promised to start a crowdfunding for her medical expenses

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has rushed to the help of environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka who is hospitalised for respiratory problems. Thimmakka who has been hospitalised for some time now has been seeking help from the State government to foot her medical bills but in vain.

It may be recalled here that Rajeev Chandrasekhar had paid off the entire medical expenses of Saalumarada Thimmakka, earlier too. On Wednesday, MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar enquired about Thimmakka's health and promised to start a crowdfunding for her medical expenses.

Saalumarada Thimmakka (105) had been featured as the BBC's 100 most influential women in 2016. She single-handedly contributed a great deal to ensure greenery around Bengaluru by planting and nurturing over 300 saplings.

Thimmakka, a widow, has no one but her adopted son - Umesh - to depend on. Women and Child Welfare Minister Umashree had promised on the floor of the House that the government would take care of 'Saalumarada' Thimmakka. But it's been a week since Thimmakka was admitted to the hospital and no one has yet turned up to see her.

Newsable had reported that while the government was planning to distribute gold biscuits and silver coins among legislators - to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations - it had conveniently forgotten its promise of helping Thimmakka.

Following intense media criticism, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has now asked the Speaker to tone down Diamond jubilee celebrations of Vidhana Soudha. But still, it has not found time to visit Thimmakka nor keep its word of helping her.  

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