Woman denied old age pension dies, Mishra demands apology from Odisha govt.

Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra today demanded an apology from the government to the people of the state for the death of an 80 year old woman in jaripada village under Patia GP of Nayagarh Block on October 15 last.

Raising the issue during hour, Mr Mishra said the old woman trudged seven KM long distance to Nayagarh to collect her old age pension of Rs 300. But the BDO cancelled the pension distribution programme and the woman died
without collecting her pension.

The leader of Opposition urged the Speaker to direct the Minister concern to make a statement in the house on what action the government proposed to take to prevent such incidents in future.

Stating that the pension which is being given at the rate of Rs 300 per month is too inadequate, Mr.Mishra urged the government to consider enhancing the pension from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 per month.

Expressing concern over the incident Mr Maheswar Sahu (BJD) and BJP legislature party leader K V Singh Deo demanded the government to take exemplary action against the Block Development Officer and the Panchayat Secretary for the death of the old woman.

Both Mr Sahu and Mr Singh Deo said though there was a government circular that the pension should be paid to the infirm and the old at their door step but it has not been implemented.

The Speaker directed the government to take note of it.

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