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"Nobody dies of cold" - UP Govt. goes soft on its Secretary who made insensitive remark on children's death at riot relief camps
Uttar Pradesh's Principal Secretary for Home Anil Gupta was briefing media about the outcome of a fact-finding committee's report on children's death in relief camps for Muzaffarnagar riot victims, when he said that nobody dies of cold.

Gupta had said, “Children have died of pneumonia, not of cold. Nobody can die of cold. If people died of cold, nobody would have been alive in Siberia”. After media reported his insensitive remarks, there was uproar and demands rose for a strict action against him. However, as per the latest reports coming in UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has just warned him verbally while saying that one at such a high position should carefully choose his words.

Isn’t Gupta's insensitive remarks a desperate effort on part of the bureaucrat to defend the death toll in Muzaffarnagar relief camps. Isn't his statement adding salt on the wounds of the victims??

Can it be ignored that it shows the highest order of frozenness and apathy of the state government in general and its shameless babus in particular who are far away from the ground realities of the ordeal faced by the people who are just surviving anyhow the bitterly cold nights under the sky as roof with a tent in between?

Though for the first time it is an acceptance on part of the Uttar Pradesh government that 34 children below the age of 15 died in the aftermath of the spar but the strange and irresponsible statement made by the officer surely unwraps the naked truth of insensitiveness of authorities and justifies the uncharitable insinuations faced by the UP government so far over the relief measures provided to the wounded.

Coming to the home secretary, I think he and his tribes are definitely suffering from psychopathological syndromes as they no more feel public's pain. Their callousness is may be due to their privileged habitat in closed doors with air conditions and heaters that makes them difficult to understand the sting of frigid cold or scorching sun.

Certainly they urgently need “training cum vacation programmes” in the relief camps to fix their ailments or should be immediately sent to Siberia with a condition not to carry any woolen clothes or blankets.

And for the state government it is better late than never to improve the situation at the camps by providing better facilities and medical care. The Govt. should try hard to ensure that these victims  return to their homes else it (Govt.) has to face the questions from all corners which may blatantly expose its dualities and challenge its political survival...isn't it?

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