1112 GMT October 25, 2020
The centenarian identified as Labhe Baghel was dragged by her 70-year-old daughter on a cot all the way to the bank. The incident, reported from Baragan village under Khariar block of Nuapada district, ANI reported.
"I strongly condemn this inhuman act. I request the government to immediately investigate the matter," said Raju Dholkia, MLA Nuapada district.
According to inputs, the elderly woman had sent her daughter, Gunja Dei (70), to the bank to withdraw Rs 1,500 from her pension account. The bank official, however, refused to release the pension money and demanded physical verification of the account holder at the bank premises.
Gunja Dei, who is a senior citizen herself, was left with no other option but to drag her bedridden mother to the bank.
As soon as Gunja Dei along with her mother reached the bank, the official, seeing the condition of both the women released the pension money.
After a video capturing the incident went viral, local MLA from Khariar, Adhiraj Panigrahi, slammed the bank officials and demanded strict action against them. Regional Manager of Utkal Gramya Bank on Sunday reached Bargaon with local MLA Panigrahi and inquired into the matter.
"Bank officials had been bothering the old lady for the last three months. The official flouted all laws and this act is against basic human rights. People should get their rights. I condemn this act and people responsible behind this should be removed from their posts. These acts can be seen across various districts in Odisha," said Panigrahi.
Chief Secretary of Odisha has written to regional managers of all government, private, scheduled banks and RRBs, asking them to provide door-to-door service to elderly citizens.