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Insufficient, inconsistent: Mental health pension rarely reach the affected

Government financial support during and since the lockdown for persons with psychosocial disabilities from low-income families, many of which had lost income, was inadequate

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Mental illness | Mental health | Coronavirus

Riddhi Dastidar | IndiaSpend 



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Disability pension and allowance premised on certification excludes the majority of people with disabilities.

Jalaluddin Kazi*, 38, lives with bipolar disorder and often has seizures. A resident of North Dumdum near Kolkata, he drove a rented electric rickshaw to support his wife and two children, on days he was able to work. His wife Jahanara Bibi*, 30, sold household cleaning items in the neighbourhood. The family's monthly income was Rs 2,000-2,500, on average. When the nationwide Covid-19 was imposed in March, both the Kazis lost their livelihood. By May, the family had exhausted their savings, and shopkeepers refused to give them credit.

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First Published: Wed, January 06 2021. 08:01 IST

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