Life Stories


Mrs. Sunanda Rangaswamy, a widow from Bharathi Colony, Shimoga makes her living through daily wages. Though she was getting her Widow pension for many years, suddenly the same was stopped stating the reason that her son has attained the age of 18; hence she is not eligible for Pension!

Being the member of Bharathi Self Help Group formed by Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society (SMSSS) she was aware of the rule that ‘a widow is eligible to get her pension even if the son is above 18 years but doing his education’.

She sent an application under RTI to the concerned Department and sought for verification of documents and records. Mrs. Sundanda produced related documents and demanded action to be taken. Soon the Revenue Department gave an Order by DC office to continue paying pension to Mrs. Sunanda Rangaswamy.

This was possible because of the awareness and trainings imparted with the support of B H Misereor.