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Man, wife turn two decades older for `200 pension

chandigarh Updated: Sep 23, 2013 00:19 IST
HT Correspondent

If you don't have the time machine yet, there's always the option to overwrite on the ration card. But rarely would you find people wanting to turn older, not younger.

For a benefit of just `200 a month, a couple in Handesra turned two decades older to turn eligible for old-age pension. The benefit is for those aged 60 and above; so 45-year-old Prem Chand mentioned his age as 65, while his 36-year-old wife Ram Kaur turned 60 by overwriting on the ration card. But they could avail the benefit for only three months and are now at large after a villager told the cops, who have registered a case of forgery against the duo.

The whistleblower, Phool Chand, filed a complaint with the child development and project officer who forwarded it to the social welfare department. On directions of the district police, Handesra station house officer Bharat Bhushan conducted an inquiry and found that documents enclosed with the pension application were forged and tampered with. A case under sections 420, 465, 467, 471 and 120B was registered, the SHO said.