When it comes to cadavers and organs, the elected representatives in the state do not believe in leading by example.
Out of the 208 MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) and MLCs (Members of Legislative Council) who had sought the forms for donations, only four have actually pledged their organs, Maharashtra has 288 MLAs and 289 MLCs.
The state organised a special campaign in the legislature on June 30 and health minister Suresh Shetty wrote letters to all elected representatives to pledge their organs.
The health ministry planned this campaign to make organ donations popular in the state.
The public representatives were supposed to take the consent of their families and submit the forms to the health ministry.
Health minister Suresh Shetty and his family members and Legislative Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh have pledged their organs and submitted their consent forms.
Minister of State for PWD and Water Resources Ranjit Kamble and Vile Parle MLA Krishna Hegde have submitted forms for organ and cadaver donation.
“I have already submitted the forms for donation of skin, eyes and vital organs. Although it is a personal choice, it would be ideal if more people come forward to donate their organs,” Hegde said.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s wife Susheela Chavan had also consented to donate organs.