The Rajasthan government has decided to discontinue pension to those detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act during the Emergency.
The Rajasthan government, led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has decided to discontinue the pension scheme of prisoners detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).
This decision was announced by Shanti Dhariwal, urban development and housing minister in the Gehlot government.
Dhariwal announced the decision after the cabinet meeting held on Monday.
Thousands of people were held and put behind bars under MISA during the Emergency in 1975.
As per the decision taken by the Rajasthan government, medical services that were being given to the people, who were imprisoned during emergency under MISA, will be regularised but the pension that was being given to them will be discontinued.
Dhariwal also mentioned that this decision was taken as the government did not consider the prisoners held under MISA as freedom fighters.
The previous government had increased the pension of those detained under MISA during the Emergency from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 per month apart from hiking their medical assistance to Rs 4,000 monthly from Rs 1,200, The Times of India reported.
Source: India Today