This is the short story of Meera 55 years old to whom we have just granted a monthly aid of 1.500rs.
Her husband Radhakrishnan, 65 – but only 56 on the documents due to a bureaucratic error which makes him ineligible for old age pension – is deaf and visually impaired but has no disability benefit because no one has ever helped him get it.
Looking after two daughters and abandoned by her husband many years ago, Dhanushiya suffers from a serious chronic illness. With a donation od 10.000 rupees MTI helped the woman start her own business.
It was only when the Government began free food distribution in March and April that we realised how many people – especially Gypsies and tribal people – do not have their family ration smart cards yet.