Pradeep Pattanayak

Drones are increasingly used in various areas be it to spray mosquito repellents, pesticides or drop weapons. A drone was used to send disability pension to a beneficiary in Nuapada district in Odisha. 

A divyang, Hetaram Satanami lives at Bhutkapada village, under Bhaleswar Panchayat’s ward no-5. To receive pensions, the villagers go to the Panchayat office, which is two kilometres away from the village. But when it comes to the divyang beneficiaries, their sufferings can well be imagined. 

However, the villagers on Saturday had a unique experience when a drone came flying to their village and dropped Hetaram’s pension at his doorstep. Hetaram was the happiest person in the village after receiving the pension. 

“Our village is surrounded by jungles. The Panchayat office is two kilometres away from our village. The Sarpanch sent the pension money with the help of a drone,” said Hetaram. 

When contacted, Sarpanch Saroj Agarwal said, “Bhutkapada, a village in our Panchayat, is located inside jungles. A divyang named Hetaram Satanami lives there. He can’t move. He is like that since birth. Earlier, he was not getting any pension. I have got Madhubabu pension done for him.  As I know articles are being sent and received through drones in foreign countries, I also placed an order for a drone. And pension was sent to Satanami with the help of this drone.”