Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the people who were imprisoned during Emergency would be entitled for a pension and a citation. Fadnavis declared the same during the on-going monsoon session at Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in Mumbai today afternoon.
The CM said, “More than money, pension was an honour for those who served jail term during the Emergency. Many people refused pension. But some are still poor, who lost jobs after being arrested for no fault of theirs.”
Minister of State for Relief and Rehabilitation Madan Yerawar while responding to NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s question had said that so far around 3,267 applications for pension were approved. Out of the 3267 applications, 1,179 were approved on the basis of the Rs100 stamp paper submitted to prove that the applicant served a jail term during the Emergency. He added that a budget of Rs 42 crore was finalised for the pension scheme, out of which around Rs 29 crore has been disbursed.
People who were jailed for a month would be entitled to a monthly pension of Rs 5,000. Those who were jailed for a longer period will get Rs10,000 per month. Those who were imprisoned then and have now died, their family members would be provided with a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 (for jail term of a month or less) and Rs 5,000 (for jail term of more than a month).
Former prime minister of India Indira Gandhi had imposed Emergency in the country from June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977.