Authorities Reach Out To Help Seven-Year-Old Odisha Girl Seen Cradling Baby Brother

Balasore: Bhograi MLA and Chairperson of Balasore District Planning Board Ananta Das on Tuesday provided assistance of Rs 10,000 on behalf of the district Red Cross Society to seven-year-old girl Krishna whose story of tending to her infant brother after losing both her parents to COVID-19 within a month made it to the headlines.

The story was widely circulated on social media and drew the attention of the authorities. MLA Das along with District Child Protection Officer Youvak Majhi, Bhograi Tehsildar Kamalakanta Panda, Additional Tehsildar Santosh Kumar Panigrahi and BDO Satyajit Rout visited Nimathpur village. They met Krishna along with her grandfather Ramnarayan Panda and uncle Debasis Panda, who are taking care of the children.

Krishna’s family refused to leave the children at the child care unit of the district administration. So, Das assured that all help will be extended in raising the siblings, The New Indian Express reported.

Krishna’s father Kamalesh was working in the Safety Department of East Coast Railway in Bhubaneswar and mother Smita was serving as a staff nurse at Acharya Harihar Cancer Hospital in Cuttack. While Smita lost her battle to COVID a week after delivering the baby boy in Cuttack, Kamalesh succumbed to the virus a few weeks later in Bhubaneswar.

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