Kwakwani pensioners continue to suffer
It is with a heavy heart and cramp stomach that I write to highlight the plight of a resident of Kwakwani.
His name is Patrick Clinket and his NIS number is b-16253148. Mr. Clinket is off his job since May 2009, because his right foot was surgically amputated.
All of his medical documents from the hospital were submitted to the NIS Linden Branch office and verified as submitted.
Every time his daughter makes contact with the Linden office, she is being told that the claim is being processed.
On September 29th 2010, after not visiting the Kwakwani community for three months, the NIS inspector was approached by Mr. Clinket’s wife concerning his claim.
So surprised was the inspector that she immediately called the office in the presence of the wife. There she was told that the claim documents cannot be found.
What is this poor man suppose to do upon hearing such crap in this modern time, after doing what is right and waiting for 16 months?
With NIS inspectors now infrequent visits to Kwakwani and the return bus fare being $4,200, what will happen to our poor pensioners?
Mr. Editor, the treatment given to Mr. Clinket and all the other NIS pensioners in Kwakwani must be condemned with the strongest possible language.
They have worked and paid their contributions so that they can be financially comfortable in case of sickness, and when they are of age, their benefits must be processed and given to them in the shortest possible time.