‘I was returning from work and on the way, I fell off the train.’
According to the Rajya Samajik Pension Scheme, any individual who is severely disabled – 40% or above – and living below the poverty line, is provided assistance by the government in the form of monthly pension.
Madan Mahto is a 32-year-old male living in Lengratand hamlet of Kalajharia village, in Karmatanr block of Jamtara district in the state of Jharkhand. He has 5 members in his family. His livelihood was dependent on daily wage labour. But 6 months ago, he fell off the train and lost his leg.
– How do you sustain yourselves?
– It’s difficult. Little do we earn from the work we get. There no earning person in the family anymore.
– And what about medicines?
– I got no money for medicines. Have put in whatever I could from my home.
– You get all the pension?
– Nope. I get nothing. How do I run a home like this? One has to take care of these things. Because of the medicines’ cost, we can’t eat a full meal.
– Have you applied for pension?
– I have given but I am uncertain if it’ll ever happen. All of my house is falling apart. This door, that roof – how am I supposed to manage all this? I was the only earning member of this family. And I have to take care of my child’s education too.
His wife, Suvanta Devi works around the neighbourhood to sustain the family with whatever she can scrap.
I appeal to all the viewers to please call the Chief Secretary of Jamtara district on +91-8292545997 and pressurise him to get Madan his pension as soon as possible.
I am Kranti Murmu from Jamtara district of Jharkhand, reporting for IndiaUnheard
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