Delhi govt to increase pension for freedom fighters

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday decided to increase the monthly pension of freedom fighters to Rs 4,500 from existing Rs 3,500.

The decision will benefit 650 freedom fighters in the city who are getting the pension from the city government.

The proposal to hike the pension for the freedom fighters was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The increase has been sanctioned with effect from July 1.

Officials said the financial implication on the government for enhancing the pension will be Rs 78 lakh per annum. The pension was first introduced by the government in April 1998.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for creation of 99 posts in different positions in District Court in Saket and 29 posts for various family courts.

Dikshit said the decision to increase the staff strength in courts was taken to ensure speedy disposal of various cases pending in these courts.

Officials said it has been decided to create 99 posts to streamline the functioning of the district court in Saket.

The family courts were set up in the city keeping in view the large pendency in the courts. Currently, five family courts are functioning in the city.

The city government plans to set up five other such courts in Delhi by end of this year.