With a meagre monthly pension of Rs. 5,000, the widow of a home guard, who was killed in a terrorist attack 20 years ago, is finding it hard to make both ends meet, especially in the wake of the cost of blood cancer treatment she is taking.
Paramjit Kaur (45), widow of Jaspal Singh, who was killed in terrorist attack on April 12 1992, was here to take part in the police commemoration day ceremony, narrated her tale of woes to deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, inspector general of police (IGP), Bathinda range, Nirmal Singh Dhillon and deputy inspector general of police Amar Singh Chahal.
Even as she was claiming that she had applied for the government relief for cancer treatment under the CM's cancer relief fund, but the authorities said she was yet to apply for the same.
Paramjit said that her husband was killed in a terrorist attack six months after their marriage. "A girl child was born after the death of my husband, but she is dumb. About six years back, I was diagnosed with blood cancer. Since then I am undergoing treatment. Had the district police not extended financial help of Rs. 1 lakh from police welfare fund, it would have been very difficult for us to afford the treatment. The pension is too little to meet the household needs and the cost of the treatment,"she said.
Deputy commissioner Yadav said that as per the records, Paramjit has not yet applied for the relief under the CM's cancer relief fund and her case has been put on fast track. "I had referred the case to office of civil surgeon and the patient has been referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot and as per the state policy. She will be extended a help of `1.5 lakh in shape of treatment cost,"he said.
The rehabilitation of her speech-impaired daughter is another worry of Paramjit. She requested the authorities to provide her a suitable job and the DC assured her to look into the case.