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SC comes to the rescue of war widow
Published on 19 Sep. 2010 1:25 AM IST
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In the time of rising inflation, it is indeed shocking to witness the plight of a 90-year-old war widow who draws a measly Rs 70 as family pension. However, now the Supreme Court has taken notice of the woman’s plight and intervened, pulling up the government for low pension in times of extreme price rise.
90-year old Pushpavanti is fighting a battle her late husband would have found tough to fight. For the last 43 years this brave woman has been getting a measly Rs 70 as family pension on behalf of her late husband Major Dharam Chand, who had been a decorated officer of two wars. The Apex Court has slammed the government for the shabby treatment of the war widow, reports CNN-IBN.
It is surprising that when today in the present rate of inflation even a kg of arhar dal costs around Rs 80, how this woman has been surviving with just Rs 70 per month. For the last 43 years Pushpavanthi has been running pillar to post making representation to officials including the Army chief for enhanced pension. But officer after officer in South Block have turned a deaf year to all her pleas.
Pushpavanti has now appealed to the court saying that she is entitled to at least Rs 27,000 rupees per month according to the latest pay commission recommendations.

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