Child Welfare Committee to take care of 3 kids orphaned in spurious liquor tragedy in Palakkad
Palakkad: Three kids, who were orphaned in the spurious liquor tragedy in Palakkad, will now be under the care of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
The trio, two boys and a girl, are the children of Sivan of Chellankavu colony in Kanjikode, who died after consuming spurious liquor. A meeting of the Palakkad Child Welfare Committee on Tuesday decided to take care of the three children.
Mathrubhumi had published the story and pictures of the three kids revealing their plight. After reading the story, many readers called to the Mathrubhumi offices from Tuesday morning offering help.
As their mother left them two years ago, the three kids were under the care of Sivan. As their father left home for work early in the morning and returned, the 12-year-old boy, the eldest among the three, was in charge of the house. Neighbours and relatives living inside the colony used to feed them.
On knowing the tragedy, the CWC, Scheduled Tribe Development Department and Child Development and protection Unit intervened.
“We spoke to tribal chief Viswanathan and will shift the children to a suitable care centre once Sivan’s funeral is held,” said Tribal Development Officer M. Mallika. Once the schools reopen, the kids will be shifted to hostels under the department.
Steps will be taken to bring the children under Kerala government’s ‘Kaithang’ scheme and release funds for the security of the children to their accounts.