The COVID Pandemic has made the life of poor people very difficult. Because of public transportation being shut, they have to travel long distances on foot.In Garhwa district of Jharkhand, a 60-year-old man had to carry his 105-year-old mother on his back to the Bank. The images and story of the son and his mother are going viral on social and print media.
According to a report in the Hindu, the block administration in Ranka, Garhwa district set up a COVID-19 test camp outside Vananchal Gramin Bank. The people who were COVID negative could enter the Bank.According to the man, when he reached the Bank there were tests happening. But his mother missed the opportunity. So the Bank did not allow them to enter the building.
60-year-old daily wage labourer Biphan Bhuyan could not find transport to take his 105-year-old mother, Yatavaria Kunwar to the Bank. He carried her on his shoulders and walked 4 kilometres from Kanchanpur to Ranka. He needed to withdraw the pension amount from his mother’s Jan Dhan account.
His mother received a pension amount of ₹1500 ($28) for three months via Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. But because he did not have a COVID -19 test report, they could not enter the Bank. They had to return home empty-handed.
After the images of Bhuvan carrying his mother on his back went viral on social media, the chief minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren directed the deputy commissioner of Garhwa to help the mother. He asked administration DU admission that no one faces is such a problem in future.
After this, the VG bank manager went to Bhuvan’s house to give the pension amount to his mother. The bank manager also ensured that she does not need to go to the Bank from now on. She can get the pension from the nearest customer service point.