As never before, social security pensions for nearly 40 lakh recipients in the state are delayed by more than two weeks this month, causing them to walk around post offices, banks and gram panchayat offices every day, only to be told that the money will be credited to their accounts this or that day.
Pensions are usually distributed in person at gram panchayat offices in villages and credited to bank and postal accounts in urban areas by the sixth of each month. But money to be paid for August has not happened so far this month. Inquiries with officials revealed that the funds were not released by the Ministry of Finance.
There are nearly 40 lakh-year-olds, widows, single women, the physically handicapped, poor weavers, HIV and filaria patients who received pensions of INR 2,016 per month. Since they had no money in their hands, they had a hard time paying for their daily needs.