Bangalore Pensioners: Treasury delays

TREASURY OF ILLS?

TROUBLE IN PENSIONERS’ PARADISE

Treasury Dept Stinks Pensions Pending For 6 Months Officials Blame Erratic Power Supply

Nirmala M Nagaraj | TNN

Bangalore: The Global Investors’ Meet may have raked in a grand Rs 3 lakh crore (if only on paper) from investors across the globe, but the state of the state treasury department, the repository of wealth and centre of all monetary transactions, is simply poor.

A visit to the Bangalore District Urban treasury office at MySugar building on JC Road reveals its true status — old, broken furniture dumped in a corner, torn window curtains, papers and files scattered amid dust and to top it, an unbearable toilet stench. Sadly, state treasury officers work amid these pathetic conditions.

With this working environment, it comes as no surprise that it has affected the overall functioning of the government machinery. If local economic requirements are not being met, what will happen to global ones?

AGED WAIT FOR PENSION

Something as fundamental as pension has been delayed for more than six months by the inefficient treasury department. Widow pension, old age pension and pension allocated to the physically handicapped are waiting to be disbursed for more than six months now.

Officials blame it on the shortage of power supply. “Without power, we can’t operate computers and this has affected data entry and regular disbursal of pension, as well as adding new pension beneficiaries. Because of this, widows’ pension has been delayed but we will pay them arrears from the date of notification of sanctioning pension,” said Lakshmi, a treasury officer.

In Bangalore district alone, there are 51,250 widow pension beneficiaries, 48,678 old age pensioners and 47,174 Sandhya Suraksha beneficiaries, while more than 20,969 physically handicapped persons are dependent on the monthly pension amount.
With the delay in pension and without any communication from the department, the physically handicapped and senior citizens are regular visitors here to enquire about their pension status. With a dysfunctional lift at the treasury office, the disabled and senior citizens are forced to take the disabled-unfriendly, uncleaned stairs.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS OUT IN THE COLD

If the inefficient unit of the treasury department on JC Road has affected widows and the physically handicapped, at the Pension Payment Treasury at K R Circle, New Public Office Building, the freedom fighters of the Goa Liberation Movement (GLM) are still waiting for approval of pension.

G Krishnamurthy, 76, shared his ordeal: “More than 2,225 of us participated in the GLM movement. From 1991, they sanctioned pension, but in 1995, due to a stay order issued by the high court, pension was stopped. During the JD(S)-BJP government, pension was promised and announced in the budget, but when the government fell, even the promise was forgotten.

In 2008, on approaching chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and after scrutiny, 1,312 of us were found eligible for pension, of whom 172 are from Bangalore.”

HOPE FLOATS

Officials are helpless but have not lost hope. Deputy director Uma Devi R S told The Times of India: “We have submitted eight proposals requesting a new building to the district commissioner. I took charge of the department in 2008 and before joining, I signed a letter asking for a new building. The present rented office is in MySugar building and its owner is under a huge loss. It may take years for the owner to clear the outstanding amount, so we can’t expect the building owner to improve infrastructure and make it accessible to visiting pensioners.”

“In 2008, there were 82,000 beneficiaries, today there are 2.5 lakh beneficiaries from all four categories. With limited staff, it is difficult to handle these transactions.

All these days, we had to manually prepare 2 lakh money orders, but recently we introduced an e-money order facility,” added Uma Devi.

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7 Responses

  1. Hi sir, i am yamunavathi.v Handicapped from barthinagar fruitstreet bangalore-1. i have not got my pension for 6months,i dnt have job, pension was little helpfull .Now this also stoped, and i lost pension code number, i dnt number…now what should i do to get pension back

    • Please go to pension office and enquire about your pension with alphabet starts with your name and the pass book you have taking pension please take the copy of the pass book for your kind verification and enquire with the case worker. dont delay.
      ,
      I am an Physically challenged who has not get the pension from last
      6 months but I am awaiting from last four months. My family is also
      in trouble in the month end If I would got my pension it will help my
      family to copeup.

      Thanks,
      Nageshwar Singh

  2. one of my friend aged 87 years have not been granted old age pension and even the card is pending issue
    what should be done , pl reply

  3. My mother in law Smt. Shakuntala, aged 64 yrs has not received her widow pension since from January 2012. What to do? Whom to contact

  4. People in these offices come there to have coffee anjoy their time and are so blooody lazy to even talk to the needy wish government does something especially there is a lady incharge who according to me comes there to sit in the cabin and eat biriyani all the time …..government could send her salary directly there if she is so heartless wish I get the authority to kick her out from a senior position her droutine comes to office at 11 goes for coffe comes back has her family visit in office ……. then why keep such useless workers can some one help me about how to legally post a complaint about such senior educated fool who uses her authority to make poor people run around.

  5. […] Submitted on 2012/09/07 at 12:58 pm […]

  6. As a State Government Pensioner, I have not received my pension for the month of April 2013 even after the lapse of 10 days during May 2013.

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