A 65-year old physically challenged woman have to walk 2 kilo metres every month to get her old age pension. Rudana Dehury, whose both legs are disabled, stays in Kadalimunda village alone no relatives to fall back on. She survives on Rs 300 old age pension gievn to her by the government. In order receive her Rs 300 old age pension, physically challenged Rudana Dehury crawls 2 km to Nunukapasi panchayat office under Kishorenagar block in Athamallick sub-division.
Rudana Dehury was deserted by her husband and two sons long back and has been staying alone ever since. She appealed several times to the panchayat and other government authorities to send her pension at her home citing her physical condition. But all her efforts went in vain and she have to crawl all the way to the panchayat office, crossing NH-55 to get her pension.
Her repeated pleas to panchayat and other Government authorities to deliver her pension at home fell on deaf ears. “I had appealed on several occasions that I cannot walk as my condition does not permit me and my pension may be delivered at home. The pleas went unheard and I have to drag myself the distance to get this,” said Rudana. Athmallik Sub-Collector Amulya Panda said, “There is no provision to deliver pension at the doorstep if there are legal heirs. We will find out if anybody can collect the money on her behalf.”