Amitabh Bachchan was so moved by the strength and conviction of a 90-year-old freedom fighter Gayatri Devi fighting for her pension that he decided to take care of her for the next five years.
Gayatri Devi had been on dharna on the streets of New Delhi for the past four years, fighting to get her freedom fighter’s pension restored. She was getting money from the Bihar government under the “Samman” pension scheme for freedom fighters since 1997 and has relevant documents to support her claim. But in 2002 her pension was suddenly stopped. She was told that her name appeared in a list of fake freedom fighters. She approached many prominent leaders and got them to write applications on her behalf, but nothing happened.
“I am moved by the plight of the 90-year-old lady and have announced that I shall take care of her pension for the next five years. She blesses me,” Amitabh Bachchan posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. “She has only that element of humanity left in her. She can barely walk. And she is old. And all she wants is her due – her pension – Rs 3,500 per month from the government.”