Pension pains: Senior citizens in India have no security

As the population of people aged over 60 is rapidly increasing, having a very few systems in place to ensure their financial security are matters of great concern.


As the population of people aged over 60 is rapidly increasing, having a very few systems in place to ensure their financial security are matters of great concern.

The program aims at creating local level advocacy plans to remedy the situation

The program aims at creating local level advocacy plans to remedy the situation

Following are the list of videos, each with a call to action directed at the authorities responsible for allocating pension in that particular instance –

Will you help Phulabasa Get her Pension? 

Phulabasa Kumbhara, a Dalit widow has not received the state pension she is due for the last 4 years. Community Correspondent Saroj Kumar Suna brings you her story. Phulabasa is eligible for both, the Widow pension scheme as well as the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme. Each of these would give her between 200/- and 300/- Rupees. But she receives neither.

The Mysterious Case of Sukhni Devi’s Pension

Sukhni Devi is 70, her  husband Bhuneshwar Bhuiyan is 75. Both live alone in Jorhat village, Palamu District, Jharkhand. Community Correspondent, Anil Gudia who filmed this video suspects there is some amount of corruption involved in the case. Two agents have declared them dead and therefore stopped it.

Odisha’s Non-functioning Pension Scheme

Community Correspondent Ashok Samal reports from Agrahat village, Cuttack district, Odisha on another such failure. Ratani Mallick has been knocking on the doors of various state officials for the past 3 years to get her widow pension. She has opened the required account submitted the necessary papers and talked to every possible authority– but nothing has come of it.

[Editor’s Note] Talk today is rife about India and Bharath and the huge chasm between the two. But how much is known about the “Real India” beyond news shocks in the papers now and then? And what can we do about it?


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Video Volunteers is an international media and human rights organization that equips women and men in underdeveloped areas with critical thinking, creative, activist and video journalism skills, enabling entire communities to expose under-reported stories from their communities and take action to right the wrongs. more
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