A 70-year-old man from Dhuri town is moving from pillar to post telling the authorities that he is alive.
It’s crucial for Gurmail Singh who has been declared dead six months ago, leaving him stripped of the old-age pension.
Singh who lives alone survived only on the pension and has since been living off help from neighbours.
“This pension was the only source of my bread… I am left with no option but to ask people for food,” Singh told HT.
Singh said he came to know he had been written off as “dead” when he visited the pension department and the bank to know why the pension had been discontinued.
Singh said he went to get the error rectified but accused the government officials of making lame excuses. He said he was worried as some officials had told him that nothing could be done now.
Although he has not given up, Singh says pursuing the case is getting difficult. “These government departments are asking me to come again and again… I cannot walk much now, even a 10-minute walk makes me tired,” Singh said.
Singh has now written to Sangrur deputy commissioner and Dhuri sub-divisonal magistrate (SDM) to look into the case.
Dhuri SDM Jashanpreet Kaur Gill said there must be a valid reason that Singh’s pension was stopped. She, however, said she will ask the authorities to verify “each and every detail” of the case and take action accordingly.