Thimmakka seeks pension from govt

Saalumarada Thimmakka at a press meet in Bangalore. KPN

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Thimmakka, a widow, has asked the government to provide her pension of Rs 400 per month. She has also asked the government to provide her with a house in Bangalore. Further, Thimmakka wants a hospital in her village, Hulikal in Magadi taluk.

Thimmakka rose to fame after she and her husband planted and tended to nearly 400 banyan trees, along a four-kilometre highway stretch near their village. The management of the trees has now been taken over by the government and their value have been estimated at over Rs 15 lakh. Her achievement has been recognised across the world. She has received the Godfrey Philips award, Nadoja award and Vishalakshi award given by Art of Living.

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