Mahadev Nayak, 72, became ‘alive’ after seven years to draw his pension.
But all these seven years, the Ghatshila septuagenarian in Jharkhand’s East Singbhum was running from pillar to post without any luck to prove he was ‘alive’. This was after the resident of Bhatkunda village under Chakulia block was declared dead in 2009 and subsequently, his old-age pension stopped.
Politicians, government officials and social workers – he along with his wife Malti met them all but his pleas went unheeded.
Relief for Nayak came on Tuesday after Chakulia block development officer Girija Shankar Mahato took note of the latter’s grievance and sanctioned his old age pension. “Matter came to my knowledge two months ago. I took up the matter and rectified old record of Nayak. His old age pension is revived. He will soon start getting his due,” Mahato said.
Nayak said he last drew pension on November, 2009. His monthly pension of Rs 600 was his only source of his income, he added. “It was a shock when I found that I was declared ‘dead’ in the government records.”
The then panchayat sevak, Nitai Tigga, due to some misunderstanding had declared Nayak dead and accordingly reported the matter to pension authority and bank, Nayak said.
Though the septuagenarian is happy, his wife felt it was impossible for authorities to return the seven years they spent in hardship. “What punishment will be awarded to the errant official if at all he is held accountable?” she wondered.