Uttarakhand government has announced that it will give pension to statehood agitationists aged over 60 years and enact a law in the state Assembly granting 10 per cent reservation to their kin in government jobs.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday launched his government's ambitious Samajwadi Pension Scheme under which Rs 500 each will be given to nearly 40 lakh poor families in the state monthly.
Contractual workers employed with some of the Union ministries and departments are not extended benefits like Provident Fund, pension and other social security schemes, according to a reply to an RTI query.
Pulling up the Centre as well as the Gujarat Government for demanding from a freedom fighter documents proving his association with Mahatma Gandhi's 'Quit India' movement, the Gujarat High Court has directed them to provide pension to his heirs.
A day after Union government allocated Rs 1,000 crore under `One Rank One Pension` for the ex-servicemen in the budget, Congress demanded the Centre to sanction benefits of the scheme to the retired Para Military Forces officials.
The pension of India`s first President Rajendra Prasad and salary of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri were sent to the government`s calamity fund as they refused to accept these, while Lord Mountbatten received a princely Rs 64,000 as TA/DA for returning home.
A delegation of elderly people from the Pension Parishad led by rights activist Aruna Roy met Rahul Gandhi to apprise him of their long standing demands of revamp in old age, widow and disabled pension scheme.