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Inadequate pensions leave India's elderly no choice but to work

Over a third of India's elderly people - 38% - continue to work

Kinjal Sampat & Nandini Dey 

Kamla Devi (not her real name), of advanced but uncertain age, lives in Lohari, a remote adivasi village located inside a wildlife sanctuary in Udaipur, Rajasthan. On a summer day in 2016, we approached her as she was chasing after a small herd of goats, to ask questions as part of a study on the relation between ageing, paid work and pensions. Our very first question–whether she was a beneficiary of the government’s non-contributory pension scheme for the aged–irritated her. She explained that she was indeed a beneficiary but did not want to be one. Local ...

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 08:18 IST
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