Botched eye surgeries: Five victims run from pillar to post for compensation

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2015 11:09 IST

Already bearing the trauma of losing their eyesight partially following botched eye surgeries in an eye camp in November last, at least five patients are still waiting for Rs 1 lakh compensation and monthly pensions announced by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

After knocking at the doors of various administrative officials for the past couple of months for the relief, the five patients from villages near Ajnala — including four women in their seventies — turned up to the office of Amritsar deputy commissioner, but were dejected when informed that the DC was away.

After the horrendous experience of losing their vision partially, the five patients from villages near Ajnala had heaved a sigh of relief when the state government announced the compensation and pension. However, being deprived of both, they are left with no choice but to run from pillar to post.

Narrating her woes, Charan Kaur, a patient, said, “We are already bearing the brunt of botched eye surgeries and delay in the release of Rs 1 lakh compensation and a pension of Rs 2,000 per month for lifetime only adding to our misery.

So far, I haven’t received a single penny.”

She was even admitted at the eye ward of a local medical college for at least 15 days (December 3-17), said Charan Kaur, while showing her admission slip.

“There were many patients, who had been given cheques for the compensation money at the hospital, but we five did not receive a single penny. It seems that the government has cracked some joke on us,” she added.

Another patient, Pyaar Kaur, said, “I lost the sight in one of the eyes after the surgery. After which many officials and ministers visited me at the hospital and assured me of all help. However, just two months after the surgery, we are left helpless without any relief.”

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