“A minimum Old Age Pension of Rs. 1000 would enable us to lead a secure and dignified life”- Anasuri Satyavathi, 30 years, WISE, Peddapuram, A.P
“I have studied up to class 6. I joined the CBO 10 years ago and my family and I have been leading a better quality of life since then. The CBO helped me in getting a Aadhar Card and Widow Pension which I had failed to get when I went on my own. My family is also availing of the health services that the CBO provides and I work as a Shadow (voluntary) Counselor in the CBO. This has resulted in my getting a lot of respect from my community.
“In our community many sex workers around 65 years applied for Old Age Pension with the hope that it will help them to survive but the officers in the Municipal office keep rejecting their applications on the grounds that only those above 70 years are eligible for it.
“I remember when I visited the Municipal Office to apply for Widow Pension I was told I was not eligible even though my husband was died. Finally after a lot of negotiations they told me to put my application in the drop box. I did so and when I went a month later to check on the status of my application they told me it was not in their files. I then looked in the drop box and found it was still there. Officials are very callous towards us.
“A minimum Old Age Pension of Rs. 1000 would enable us to lead a secure and dignified life without worrying about our daily bread and butter.”