Jagatsinghpur, September 13(LocalWire): Irate senior citizens, including widows, staged a dharna in front of Balia panchayat office under Kujang block to protest against the nonpayment of old-age pension for eight months.
According to reports, over 50 pensioners have been returning from the panchayat office every month without receiving their pension.
“While they have been regularly following up with the office and apprised the officials about their plight, no action has been taken for over eight months now to address their grievances,” sources said.
According to the beneficiaries, local officials along with some higher officials have created a nexus to siphon off the money meant for their pension.
On receiving the information about the agitation by the senior citizens and widows, ABDO Kujang Santosh Sathpaty and other officials rushed to the spot and assured them that their pending dues would be cleared soon.
They also assured that action will be taken against the guilty officials.