A 60-year-old elderly woman had no choice but to drag her 100-year-old bedridden mother on a charpoy as she made her way to the bank to withdraw her mother’s pension money.
According to India Times, the incident happened in Odisha, India where the woman had gone to the bank to withdraw her mother’s pension money of Rs 1,500 (RM84). However, the bank allegedly told her that they needed the physical verification of the 100-year-old beneficiary and refused to release the pension without it.
Being an elderly herself, the woman, identified as Punjumati Dei, was then forced to drag her bedridden mother, Labhe Baghel, to the nearby bank.
The incident came to light after a video of the heartbreaking ordeal went viral on social media.
Here’s the video:
“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 only if I bring my mother to the branch,” she said.
Her mother is an account holder under Jan Dhan Yojana of the Central government. The Centre had announced Rs 500 (RM28) monthly assistance for women Jan Dhan bank account holders from April to June in view of the Covid-19 situation.
After the video went viral, the district administration official said that the woman reached the bank with her mother before the manager could visit her home for verification, reported Hindustan Times.
Additionally, Nuapada’s district collector said that it was difficult for the manager to go to the woman’s house as the bank was managed by a single person. However, the manager had assured her that he would visit the woman’s house the next day. Before he could visit, the woman had dragged her mother on a charpoy to the bank.
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