85-years-old Widow Deprived of Pension

85-year-old Sindhu Bala Pradhan has not been receiving her old age pension since past 5 years. In 2005, her name was suddenly struck of the BPL list which led to cancellation of her pension too. She lives with her son in Kamalpur village of Sagar block in South 24 Parganas. Widowed at an early age, she raised her son Mahadev by begging. Mahadev supports his family by working as a seasonal labourer and has approached the Panchayat Member and the Panchayat President concerning his mother’s pension but none have been able to help.

Community correspondent Pranabesh Maity made this video to show the authorities what little neglect on their end does to common people like Sindhu Bala. He appeals viewers to call the BDO of Sagar on 8335079070 and pressurize him to ensure Sindhu starts receiving the benefits of old age pension again.

Pranabesh maity reports from Sagar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal for IndiaUnheard

This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent. Community Correspondents come from marginalized communities in India and produce videos on unreported stories. These stories are ’news by those who live it.’ They give the hyper-local context to global human rights and development challenges. See more such videos at www.videovolunteers.org. Take action for a more just global media by sharing their videos and joining in their call for change.

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