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Punjab: Living man declared dead, to get pension after RTI reveals truth


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For over a year, Dhir Singh (75) — a resident of Jhanjjian Khurd village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district — made several rounds of the corridors of power, from his village sarpanch to the district social security officer, (DSSO), to determine why his pension had been stopped. The daily wager had last received his pension in February 2014.

It was only after Fatehgarh Churian-based RTI activist Sukhchain Singh came to his aid that Dhir discovered the reason why he had not received the meagre Rs 250 a month for a year. As far as the Punjab government was concerned, the daily wager was dead.

As per an RTI reply, signed by DSSO, Gurdaspur, Amarjit Kaur, Dhir Singh’s pension had been discontinued “due to his death on February 11, 2014”. This, after allegedly denying him the information for six months.

 

 

- See more at: Punjab: Living man declared dead, to get pension after RTI reveals truth | The Indian Express

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Without any legal death certificate how can they stop pension? If it is done due to political pressure or any other way, a drastic action should be taken against the conspirators.

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Prasad GLN

The usual procedure of the authorities to cover up the misdeed is now they invent a reason and state that he is not qualified to receive the pension or left permanently from the place.

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Prasad GLN

Is it not true that every pensioner has to submit such "existence certificate once a year, and they might have construed that as existence certificate was not received, he is no more.

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