Woman aged 532 years a recipient of CM’s free sewing machine
RAIPUR: Believe it or not, many centenarian women aged 100, 200 and even 500 years are sewing and riding bicycles in Chhattisgarh.
Bizarre as it sounds, a look at the information provided by Chhattisgarh Labour Department under RTI about the beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Silai (sewing) Machine and Cycle Sahayata Yojanas will confirm the facts. Recipients include women aged over 100 and 200 years, the ‘eldest’ being 532 years. Incidentally, all such entries do not have any addresses mentioned against them.
Call it faux pas or a scam waiting to be unearthed, the list furnished by the department does warrant an inquiry, as it shows widespread discrepancies, raising doubts about the real beneficiaries of the schemes that cost the state Rs 40 crore.
The two schemes for distribution of free sewing machines and cycles were launched on the eve of assembly polls last year to help women labourers working in the unorganized sector. About 1.15 lakh women across the state reportedly benefited from the scheme.
While the cycle scheme was aimed to benefit women in the age group of 18-35, free sewing machines were for women in the age group of 35 to 60. However, the data shows that the age group criteria weren’t followed at all.
As per RTI information obtained by activist Sanjeev Aggarwal, about 19,399 sewing machines were distributed to women in unorganised sector under Chief Minister Silai Sahayta Yojana in Raipur. The list of beneficiaries includes 6,189 women who were shown aged 114 years. Besides these, the list has six women showing age 202 years, three showing aged 212 years, two showing aged 282 years. There were at least 14 women shown above 300 years, seven in their 400s. Age of one woman was mentioned as 532 years.
Taking to TOI, Aggarwal said this misinformation could be just a tip of the iceberg, as the data obtained by him pertained only to Raipur. “If the information provided is correct, then beneficiaries’ list has been fudged,” he said.
When contacted, deputy labour commissioner Savita Mishra said this mistake could have happened because of a software malfunction. However, she expressed surprise as to how incorrect information could be given under RTI. “I am writing to the concerned officers for conducting an inquiry to ascertain the facts,” she said adding that whosoever is found guilty would not be spared.
mandesh gharat (Unknown)
The official who discovered such “aged” women, deserves a special medal from the central government. Is there any effort made by the Chattishgarh government to apply with the Guinness Record for the oldest living woman. Or Ripley’s Believe it or not.
A big problem in villages that most of them don’t have any proof about when they were born, and then stick to their claims till their last breath. There are even men who claim to be living from last few thousand years in India. Good initiative though by Congress (hate them, but good work has to be appreciated).
Raamakrishnan Pattabhiraman (INDIA)
FOR THE AGE OF 532 YEARS,SINCE SHE WAS IN HER GRAVEYARD HER CLOTHES WOULD HAVE BEEN TORN SO BECAUSE OF THAT SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SEWING MACHINE TO STITCH HER CLOTHES. SHAME SHAME SHAME
Dev Shetty (Unknown)
it could just be a decimal point shift as the bureaucrat said, 532 which was supposed to be 53.2. Take it easy.
the exec (Unknown)
Wish the proponents of Hindi can first address this low level IQ issue.
Adhyatm Dixit (Unknown)
hahaha, what state is that again? Chattisgarh , i am not surprised a bit. That region in India is one of the most shamed in India as far as education and corruption is concerned i think. Bihar is a very close competitive . we cannot say which one tops the list. such shameless things keep coming up and the ministers and MPs and MLS stand there and ask for inquires to be set up!
Joydeep Ghosh (Unknown)
either a case simple mistake while entering records or this is scam, overall if you ask me i believe that mistake on part of the person who entered the record seems to be more plausible. I am from Chattisgarh and believe me when i got my new voter card issued recently i saw that despite spelling my name 5 times and writing it 3 times the person who had entered my name in the list misspelled my name, it took me hell lot of trouble to get my name rectified. Chattisgarh government needs to overhaul the system of record keeping or employ better employees who will not make mistakes
wow oldest women alive is an india and she is still riding a bicycle
kiranraj (kerala) replies to Manish
no.she is sewing…:)
Abhishek Dabral (Unknown)
it shows how much sincere government officials are, in their work
Arijit Mukherjee (Unknown)
welcome to india….
Rama Chandra (Unknown)
awesome…. sounds tooooooo great….. m proud…… in chattisgarh people are living for more than 500 years……….. WOWWWWW