Woman dies waiting in queue to get Covid-19 relief from bank in Telangana

South India

A 47-year-old woman died on Friday while waiting in a queue under scorching heat to withdraw Rs 1,500 provided by the Telangana government to mitigate the woes of poor people in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The woman identified as Nenavath Kamala, a resident of Kannapur Thanda, was sitting under a tree near a rural bank at a village in Kamareddy district when she collapsed and died, they said.

Officials said that the woman, who has a history of stroke, may have died of heart attack. A case under CrPC Section 174 was registered and further investigation is in progress.

The relief was announced by TRS government to all families holding food security card to meet the expenditure for purchasing essentials such as dal and vegetables. The government had also announced 12 kgs of rice per person to all food security cardholders.

Times of India reported that people have been queuing up before banks to collect the money in the last couple of days after it was deposited by the state. The report quoted former AP financial advisor Kutumba Rao as saying that poor people were not getting money despite waiting for several hours at banks.

Due to rumours that payments would be taken back if money is not withdrawn immediately, the poor are queuing up before banks in large numbers. “The money given by the Centre is being transferred directly to bank accounts. We found out from state-level bankers’ committee that it is not disbursed yet. Banks are opening only for fewer hours there are issues of cash logistics as well,” Rao said.

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