Freedom fighters` pension provided to 1.70 lakh persons: Govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 14:44
New Delhi: As many as 1.70 lakh freedom fighters and their dependents have been sanctioned pension and efforts are on to provide the benefit to all genuine cases, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

"We want to make sure that no right person is excluded. Since the inception of the Freedom Fighters Pension Scheme in 1972 till January 31, 2010, pension has been sanctioned to 1,70,693 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents," Home Minister P Chidambaram said during Question Hour.

Besides pension, other benefits include free railway pass, free medical facilities, telephone connection without installation charge, general pool residential accommodation and free air travel to visit Andaman and Nicobar islands once a year along with a companion.

To a supplementary on benefits to Hyderabad Liberation Movement participants, Chidambaram said 20,500 persons have been covered on the basis of the recommendations of Shroff and Rajeshwar Rao committees.

Besides, the Boinapalli Committee, constituted in May 2009, has recommended 1,790 cases till February 2010 of which 924 have been accepted.


First Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 14:44

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