Urdu poet Asrar Jamayee, who was declared dead by the Delhi welfare department in 2013 by mistake, has won about 4 years’ old battle to restore his pension.
After OT.COM did a story on the response by Jamia alumni on GIJAN’s appeal for providing help to 80-year-old poet, who is also a Jamia alumnus, Firoz Khan said the poet’s pension is resumed and he received his pension of July 13, 2017. The Batla House bard was deprived of a monthly pension of Rs 1,500 for all these years.
Firoz said he is associated with Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan’s office in Batla House.
When asked, Asrar Jamayee said: “I have been told that my pension has been restored. And it has been deposited my account.”
The poet’s story grabbed headlines after this portal highlighted his plight in several reports carried at regular intervals.
Moreover, Zakir Nagar activist Firoz Bakht Ahmad post on the poet’s plight on the social media too had literally gone viral with several websites picking up the post.
For years, Asrar Jamayee ran from pillar to post to get his pension restored and met several politicians, including local MLAs and Delhi Chief Minister.
A few months ago, when his story started doing the rounds once again on the social media, Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia directed Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam to fix the error.
Gautam even had visited Asrar Jamayee’s residence in Batla House and had promised to get the matter resolved soon.
Despite his pension being restored, Asrar Jamayee still needs assistance to survive a decent life as the pension amount is meager and hence it is expected that Jamia alumni come forward and donate generously to the appeal of GIJAN, a Jamia floated body for alumni.