Chandigarh, February 1: In yet another instance of VIP culture, differently-abled children, were made to wait empty stomach for nearly three hours as authorities at the Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, wanted their picture clicked with Home Minister Rajnath Singh while donating wheelchairs.
Rajnath was scheduled to inaugurate 300-bedded serai at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the Hindustan Times reported.
Rajanth, who was supposed to arrive at 11 AM, reached the venue at 11:35 AM. But he did not meet the differently-abled children first but went along with other VIPs to plant saplings on the premises. Moreover, children were not allowed to leave until the minister left the venue around noon.
Many children started crying. “She is hungry. We are waiting for the minister to come since 9 AM and it is 11:30 AM now. Had the authorities informed us that we had to wait for so long, I would have brought something to eat for my daughter,” said Anita Kumari, the mother of 2-year-old Manya.
“What would my child do with the wheelchair… she is too small to sit on it?” she questioned.
While many parents complained over difficulties being faced by them, some were grateful to the Red Cross Society for providing them with wheelchairs. “My wheelchair was broken and I was worried that how will I buy another one? I am grateful to the Red Cross for this,” Nisha Kumari, who is suffering from polio, said.