Pensioners bear brunt of demonetisation scheme

Over 100 pensioners were left high and dry in Ramnagar in Kendrapara as they returned empty handed following non-availability of cash in panchayat office.

By: PTI | Kendrapara | Published: November 16, 2016 3:34 pm
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When 66 year old Sajani Bewa from Mahinsasura village in Odisha’s Kendrapara district reached the gram panchayat office to receive her Rs 300 monthly old age pension, it was a pleasant surprise as panchayat employees paid her excess sum of Rs 300. As she was about to leave the pension counter, she was told to share it with a fellow pension holder. The pension holders had to undergo the ordeal of knocking at the doors of nationalised bank to exchange the demonetised Rs 500 note. With the bank bursting with crowd, Sajani had to spend an hour to exchange the demonetised currency note. Like Sajani, many others had to face the ordeal as chaos prevailed in distribution of pension in the district. As the government doles out social security scheme pension to the elderly people on 15th of every month, pensioners had to bear the brunt of centre’s demonetisation move in various rural pockets of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts.

“I was paid a sum of Rs 600 that included a demonitised note for two months’ pension. I refused to take it. But they forced me to accept it and get it exchanged either in the post office or bank. I have asked my son to get it exchanged at the bank”, commented a pensioner from Alipingala gram panchayat, Rajendra Mohanty. Over 100 pensioners were left high and dry in Ramnagar in Kendrapara as they returned empty handed following non-navailability of cash in panchayat office. The pension could not be distributed on Tuesday as the bank failed to provide us cash. It will be distributed at a later date. We had to beg apology to the senior citizens for the inconvenience caused to them, said Ramnagar Sarpanch, Bikash Chandra Debraj.

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    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:50 am
    SIR; The Post office situated at Bilekahalli, Bannerughatta Road, Bangalore-560076, who are drawing their pensions through POSB (Post office savings Bank) functioning under CBS on last working day, i.e., today 30/11/2016 was denied pensions to the pensioners/family pensioners due to the demonetisation effect. There were several complaints reported to the higher-ups against these PO in regarding to the improper way of working and to the service to the customers. This shows the lack of the poorness tackled by the PO. It is very sad to hear that to draw their hard earned money and the senior citizens is struggling. Most of the money orders, pensioners including in special cases like disability pensions, senior citizen pensions are suffered lot. Even it will be difficult for disbursing banks for the ries. Banks across the country have witnessed a surge in transactions when demonetisation came in to effect. It is against the rules that denying the pensions/family pensions to the pensioners. Post demonetisation the Banks are struggling to meet the clamour for lower denomination notes also. They are stretched both in terms of human and monetary resources. Pensioners/family pensioners inability to get their pensions even after waiting for the long time by the senior citizens and denying is one of the serious matter. The abnormal delay and denying has caused financial hardship to the pensioners from either side. Pensioners in their Old aged cannot withstand the strain caused due to denying of pension. Common man are struggling to save from daily earnings. As this has led to serve hardship for the common man who struggles to save from daily earnings. Adequate stock of all currency notes is not in most of the banks so the cash flow are dried up at banks. Peoples are facing severe hardship. The Centre had infringed the fundamental rights of the senior citizens. It impact bad relations by the common man against the government. This is nothing but due negligence and violation of Human Rights. The preamble to the consution under Article 41 and 42 of Directive principles lays down the framework of a government which offers to its people various security to enable them to live a dignified life. pensioners were left high and dry in the po. The pension could not be distributed on wednesday as the PO failed to provide cash. pensioners had to bear the brunt of centre’s demonetisation.