Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coimbatore Senior Citizens struggle for OAP

Elderly struggle to avail pension benefits
TNN | Feb 1, 2012, 04.38AM IST

COIMBATORE: Although 75-year-old Rukumani had submitted petitions to
the collector several times stating that she is yet to receive her old
age pension, she is still waiting to receive it. She is just one among
30 in Elgi Thottam, situated in ward 41, who is waiting to avail the
government scheme.

On Monday Rukumani along with 30 others submitted her petition at the
collectorate, hoping that this time at least the district
administration would fulfil their request. "I don't have children. I
have worked my entire life as a labourer. Now I am too old to work.
Though I am eligible for old age pension, the officials refuse to take
action," Rukumani said.

"My son does not live with us anymore and my husband and I have been
living alone for the past few years," said K Parvathy, another
petitioner here.

A Radhika, president of Janagraha Mathai Sang said that they had
submitted the petition at least seven times. However, district
officials have not taken any action to resolve the issue. "They want
us to submit the below poverty line certificate, but we are yet to
receive it from the village administrative officer," she said. She
revealed that the district administration has got approval to
distribute pension to 30,000 more persons.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
In India senior citizens are about 10% In UK they are 20%

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