In a heartbreaking video, a 60 years-old elderly Odisha woman was seen dragging her 100-years old bed-ridden mother to the bank to withdraw the Rs. 1500 pension.
The incident took place on June 9th, after the bank authorities apparently demanded physical verification of the pension holder to withdraw the money. The incident reportedly came to light, after someone posted a video of the elderly woman dragging the cot of her 100-years old mother to the bank in Odisha’s Nuapada district, and went viral.
Turns out, Punjimati Dei (correct name may differ) from Bargain village went to the bank several times in the last three months, but the bank official allegedly denied her to release the amount, demanding in-person verification of her mother, Labhe Baghel.
“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,” Punjimati Dei was quoted as saying. The bank reportedly released the money after the duo reached physically.
Labhe Baghel is an account holder under the Central Government’s Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package. The government on march announced woman Jan Dhan bank account holders will be deposited a monthly Rs. 500 to help in these trying times.
Since the incident went viral local officials have condemned the ‘inhuman’ act that forced the senior citizen daughter to reach bank with mother on the charpoy. local MLA from Khariar, Adhiraj Panigrahi slammed the bank official and demanded strict action, the Free Press Journal reported.
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Regional manager of the bank branch tied to the incident reached on spot for inquiry with MLA Panigrahi.
“Bank officials had been bothering the old lady for the last three months. (…) People should get their rights. I condemn this act and people responsible behind this should be removed from their post. These acts can be seen across various districts in Odisha,” Panigrahi was quoted as saying.
However, the local Collector Madhusmita Sahoo commenting on the incident told, that the bank manager of Utkal Grameen Bank offered the women to visit her shelter the day after, since being the one-person employee in the local bank made it difficult to visit the same day. Despite this Dai arrived with her mother, dragging her all the way on a charpoy.
Odisha’s Chief Secretary has reportedly written to the managers of all the banks to provide door-to-door service for senior citizens.