Pensioners’ Paradise? She got Rs 40 this month
K Pramila, a 63-year-old widow, has been receiving pension for more than a decade now. Without any source of income, it is this Rs 600 a month that would help her buy essentials to get by month after month.
But this month, Pramila, who had taken an auto rickshaw to get to the Post Office in
When she reached the post office, she was informed that she has to leave at least Rs 500 in the account as minimum balance. So she could take just Rs 100, of which she paid Rs 60 for the auto fare. “I went to the Post Office expecting to withdraw Rs 600 but the Post Office staff told me that I am eligible to withdraw only Rs 100 as I need to maintain a minimum balance of Rs 500 in the savings account,’’ Pramila told Bangalore Mirror.
I have not received any complaint. If anyone comes to the General Post Office and lodges a complaint, I will look into the matter
–Deputy Chief Post Master General
She said that he returned home with just Rs 40 after paying Rs 60 to the
According to P Kalidasa Reddy, a social activist, Pramila has been staying in a rented house but the owner of the building has stopped collecting rent from her for quite a long time. “Her husband died more than a decade ago. She has to depend on relatives and neighbours to buy medicines that cost around Rs 1,000 for diabetes,’’ said Reddy.
Lakhs of senior citizens and widows receive pension from Post Offices across the state. All of them have opened
It was the same with Dorairaj, a
When contacted, the Post Master of Sivanchetti Gardens Post Office said that he merely followed the direction from the higher authorities.
However, the Deputy Chief Post Master General said that he can look into the matter if any pensioner lodges a complaint. “I have not received any complaint from the pensioners. If anyone comes to the General Post Office and lodges a complaint, I will look into the matter,’’ the Deputy Chief Post Master General said.
Meanwhile, Nagaraj M of Human Rights Social Justice Liberties Active Forum, said they would take up the issue with the Chief Post Master General. “It is not fair for the postal authorities to insist that widows and senior citizens must maintain minimum balance,’’ Nagaraj said.