Ration for Indigent Senior Citizens

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Ration Service

Thanks to Give India’s individual donors, STCI and Nirlon Foundation’s sponsorship we have been able to run Ration Supplies to some 400 people each month. In Bengaluru and New Delhi, apart from Mumbai, the ration supplies are very active, covering 100 persons individual and couples who are very poor.

In rural areas, households headed by senior citizen have poverty ratio of 30.3% and in urban areas, households headed by senior citizen have poverty ratio of 20.0% as per the estimate of Planning Commission. As a developing country, India has very little social security in place for senior citizens. Pension coverage is as low as 11% of the entire workforce. About 65% of the aged in India depend on others for their day-to-day maintenance.

Dignity Foundation supports indigent senior citizens in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune by providing a month’s worth of basic dry provisions to the very poor senior citizens who cannot fend for themselves. Senior Citizens call on Dignity Helpline or come and meet in person for ration support. Dignity Foundation also reaches out to the slum localities through the Dignity on Wheels outreach programme and with the help of volunteers.

The Ration project takes off after a physical verification of the genuineness of the case by a Social Worker. Once a beneficiary if enrolled in the programme, they receive ration month after month, without fail.

An Elderly Widow’s story

Smt. Savita Bhawanji Parmar is a 76 year old senior citizen. She is a widow and has an unmarried daughter. Her husband passed away 30 years back and since then she and her daughter have been trying to make a living. Her daughter, Bharti, unfortunately is handicapped and yet she works as a domestic worker in homes so that she can support herself and her mother. Savita was finding it difficult to lead a life of dignity in a world where prices of commodities are skyrocketing.

Bharti came to know about Dignity Foundation through one of the volunteers of Dignity in her area and approached Dignity for help. Dignity sent a volunteer for a home visit to understand her situation and ascertain their condition. Looking at their condition, Savita was enrolled in the Ration Programme, which provides basic staples for a whole month. Savita is now not worried about her day to day existence and can live on with grace. Her daughter continues to work as a domestic worker.

Items Single Couple
Chakki ka Atta 5kg 10kg
Steamed Kolam Rice 3kg 5kg
Salt 1Kg 1Kg
Refined Sunflower Oil 2kg 2kg
Moong Whole 500gm 500gm
Sooji Rava 1Kg 1Kg
Jada Poha 500gm 500gm
Toor Dal Regular 1kg 1kg
Sugar 1Kg 1Kg
Leaf Tea 250gm 250gm
Total Monthly spend (in Rs) per couple and per single person (includes administration cost) Rs. 1200 Rs. 1560

Cheque in favour of ‘DIGNITY FOUNDATION’. 80G tax exemption certificate will be available for the donation.