One year ago I had made a video on villagers from Chatrutar, Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, where senior family members were not receiving their old age pensions.
I went to meet the Block Development Officer, Girijanand Kisku, along with my video and a requisition letter for the pensions. He was very happy on seeing the video. He was very supportive of our initiative and supported our effort by immediately assigning officers to conduct an investigation in our panchayat with the help of panchayat members.
After the application, all the women received their pension letter. I took all the beneficiaries along with their letter to the bank. The Bank officials gave these women all their pending dues. I would like to extend my gratitude to the BDO of Baghmara, Girijanand Kisku, without whom this would not have been possible.
‘Your organisation Video Volunteers is doing a lot of good work for public interest. It is a great medium to bridge the gap between people and governance. I hope that you continue supporting the government. It is our obligation to help people in need and through your help we can reach out to people better’, adds Girijanand.
I am Halima Ejaz reporting from Jharkhand for IndiaUnheard.
This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent. Community Correspondents come from marginalised communities in India and produce videos on unreported stories. These stories are ’news by those who live it.’ they give the hyperlocal context to global human rights and development challenges. See more such videos and take action for a more just global media by sharing their videos and joining in their call for change.