Tamil Nadu: Teenager asks for donations to pay bribe demanded after his father’s death

| Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 08:56
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When Kolanji’s teenager son, Ajith went to collect the cheque, he was allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 3000 by the VAO

Tamil Nadu: Just after a day, the horrific incident of a man carrying the corpse of his wife for around 12 km because the district government hospital refused to provide him with an ambulance, another case of apathy has come to light. 
The case has been reported as the one of alleged corruption over death of a farmer in M Kannathur village in Ulunderpet, Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. It all started when 15-year-old Ajith Kumar lost his father Kolanji in February 2015. 
As per the scheme in the state, under the chief Minister Farmers Social security Scheme, the family of any farmer dying a natural death is entitled to get Rs 12,500 from the government. Finally, after a time period of one-and-a-half years, when the cheque was finally processed and Kolanji’s family saw some ray of hope, but all in vain. 
When Kolanji’s teenager son, Ajith went to collect the cheque, he was allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 3000 by the Village Administrative Officer (VAO) in order to get the cheque processed. Ajith pleaded that it was not possible for him and his mother to pay the amount demanded in the form of bribe. 
When the VAO remained adamant on his demand, Ajith got a banner printed and started asking for donations from people at various places such as in public buses, tea stalls and markets. 
The banner printed in Tamil read that he needs money and so he is asking for it from others as he is not in the capacity to repay the debt that he took in order to perform his father’s last rites. Also, that he has been asked for a bribe of Rs 3000 by the VAO in order to Rs 12500, the monetary help from the government that he was entitled to get. 
An enquiry is pending to be made by the Revenue Division Officer Senthamarai in the matter. For the time being, Subramanian has been relieved from his post. 

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