Maharashtra: Woman rows 18km daily to attend to tribal babies, expecting moms
NASHIK: Taking on the mighty Narmada river is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But 27-year-old Relu Vasave, an anganwadi worker, has seen the river flow by her village all her life. So when the coronavirus fear kept a group of tribals from coming to her anganwadi by boat for their food and medical check-ups, she decided to go to them.
With road access poor, the only way to reach the hamlets is by boat and a return trip is all of 18km. But that did not deter Relu. The dainty woman borrowed a small boat from a local fisherman to travel to the hamlets, Aligat and Dadar, so that the 25 newborn and malnourished children, and seven pregnant women did not lose out on proper nutrition. Since April, she has been going by boat five days a week to check on the tribals.
Relu’s job is to keep an eye on the health and growth of newborns, children under six years of age and pregnant women. She checks their weight and hands them nutritional supplements provided by the go nment.
After the nationwide lockdown was announced in March, the tribals from the two hamlets across the backwaters of the Narmada stopped coming to the anganwadi. Relu told TOI, “Usually, the children and pregnant women visit our centre by boat with their families to collect food. But they have stopped visiting ut of fear of the virus.”
Unlike her husband Ramesh, Relu is adept at swimming and rowing since childhood. The mother of two young children, she has been visiting the hamlets regularly for six months, barring July when the Narmada was in spate.
The tribals are overwhelmed by Relu’s selflessness. Shivram Vasave, whose house in Aligat Relu visits to check on his three-year-old nephew Gomta, said, “She guides us on taking care of the child and questions us about his health every time she visits here. We are dependent on her for the well-being of the child.”
Word about Relu’s extraordinary efforts recently reached chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office. Soon, additional chief executive office of the Nandurbar zilla parishad, Shekhar Raundal, travelled to her village and conveyed the CM’s praise for her.
its this type of news that makes me proud to be a indian
I'm Happy that Times of India shows such news rather then showing news of celebrity.
This woman should be awarded Padma bhushan and not celebrities.
she truly is a deserving candidate for Padma Bhushan.
Very nice , selfless work... God bless
How Generous of the CM to shower praises. Did he not think of contributing a speed boat for her use at the least?
Should be given padma bushan award
mapathy Rao Kasturi
They deserve Padma awards more than anybody
what an useless Maha Govt that can only praise this selfless hardworking woman. Couldn't he arrange for a power boat or other kind of assistance that she may require.
Stop having babies. India is overpopulated. There are already millions of orphan children already born and waiting to be adopted from overcrowded orphanages all over India. If you want to be a parent then adopt an orphan. There should be a 1 child policy or a 0 child policy.
She is the real bharat ratna and a tight slap to all who doubt about woman power
When will govt declare benefits to Indians who produce 1 or 0 children ?
hat's off to u mam.....
this women is a real life 'devi'
True Icon.No one can beat her dedication.
She is a true Indian Hero. Thank you from a grateful nation.
you are the real star
Sukhendu Sekhar Ray
The lady should be awarded and encouraged by the Maharashtra Govt for her extra ordinary devotion to duty and service to the Adivasis. She should be provided with a speed boat so that she can easily attend the ailing Adivasi men, women or children and if emergecy arises she can bring them to hospital in her town.
Great woman, sincere service. Should be awarded. Our politicians should learn the service motto from her
She is real Goddess...