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One such case of helplessness and desperation has surfaced from Odisha where a 70-year-old elderly woman was forced to drag her 100-year-old bedridden mother on a cot to the nearby bank to withdraw pension money of Rs 1,500.
The bank had allegedly asked for physical verification of the 100-year-old beneficiary and refused to release the pension without it, forcing the woman to take such a step.
The incident came to light after a video of the woman dragging her bedridden mother on a cot to a bank in Odisha’s Nuapada district went viral on social media. Watch the video here:
Thw woman named Punjimati Dei has alleged that bank manager Ajit Pradhan asked her to bring her bedridden mother Labhe Baghel to the bank.
“I went to the bank several times in the last three months and requested the bank official to release the pension amount. However, the official informed that they would release the pension if I bring my mother to the branch,” she said.
Notably, her mother is an account holder under Jan Dhan Yojana of the Central government. The Centre had announced Rs 500 monthly assistance for women Jan Dhan bank account holders from April to June in view of the COVID-19 situation.
After the video went viral, the district administration official said that the woman reached the bank with her mother before the manager could visit her home for verification.
Naupara’s district collector Madhusmita Sahoo, said,
As the bank is managed by a single person, it was difficult for the manager to go to the woman’s house the same day. However, the manager had assured her that he would visit the woman’s house the next day. Before he would visit, the woman had dragged her mother on a charpoy to the bank.