Even as a large number of alive elderly people are struggling to get pension from government offices, the dead are jumping the queue and getting their pension every month. In Moranwali village, more than a dozen 'dead' people are allegedly drawing pension. The man who has exposed the misappropriation, says he is being threatened by the wrongdoers.
Information procured under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by Dilmohanjit Singh, a resident of the village, from the district social security office has shown that pensions were being withdrawn on fake thumb impressions of the the dead.
Dilmohanjit has, in his possession, death certificates of most of the 'beneficiaries' to prove that someone else has been drawing the amount in their names.
Pension of one dead man is being drawn since 2008, while the name of another woman who died in 2007, still figures in the list of the beneficiaries. A total of 253 people are shown to be getting pension in the village, while the genuine is likely to be far less.
Dilmohanjit said that the death certificates of the deceased had been submitted to the panchayat and yet payment of the pension had not been stopped.
He claimed that he had brought the matter to the notice of all officials concerned, but to no avail.
"Instead I am getting threats from certain people," he alleged. District social security officer Jagdish Mittar could not be contacted while sarpanch Gurminder Singh evaded the questions, stating that he was busy.
Meanwhile Aam Aadmi Party's national executive member Naveen Jairth has demanded a high-level probe in the matter.