Saturday, June 6, 2020
Home Politics Congress govt in Rajasthan stops the pension for MISA prisoners, says they were 'rule...

Congress govt in Rajasthan stops the pension for MISA prisoners, says they were ‘rule breakers’ not freedom fighters

Congress party had previously criticised this decision by the Maharashtra government by stating that it was an insult to freedom fighters if emergency detainees are accorded the same status and respect as them.

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Congress in Rajasthan has decided to withdraw the allowances being given to those detained under MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act) during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, saying that they do not consider them ‘freedom fighters’.

“The Cabinet further decided to withdraw the pension, medical facility and other allowances of the MISA, Defence of India Rule (DIR) and CrPC prisoners in the state,” said the government press release.

“Previous government had decided in favour of offering these facilities to such prisoners as per Rajasthan Loktantra Senani Samman Nidhi Niyam, 2008, which the Cabinet annulled on Monday. This decision would save about Rs. 40 crore annually,” it added. 1120 beneficiaries were getting a pension of Rs 20,000 a month, apart from some medical, transport allowances.

Addressing journalists after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Dhariwal, the Minister for Local Self Government as well as Urban Development and Housing, said, “We don’t consider them as freedom fighters or as sentinels of democracy.” He reportedly added that they were rule breakers and hence were detained.

This is not the first state where Congress is in power that such a decision has been taken. In January, Congress in Madhya Pradesh had also suspended the MISA pension, arguing that there were many fake and ineligible beneficiaries.

However, when the decision led to an uproar in the state, the state government said the pension had not been discontinued but physical verification of beneficiaries had been ordered. The Madhya Pradesh government was forced to take back its decision and the beneficiaries in MP started receiving their pension, along with arrears since last month.

Satish Punia, Rajasthan’ BJP State President, speaking on Congress governments decision said: “There can be a no bigger example of politics of vendetta by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government. The movement at the time of emergency was the second big movement in the country after the Independence movement, when people of all ideologies participated. The BJP government had started the pension considering the hardships faced by the families.”

Meanwhile, on the other hand, the BJP government in Maharastra had last year announced a Rs 10,000 monthly pension for those jailed during the emergency. In case one was jailed for less than a month, they would be eligible for a Rs 5,000 monthly pension.

Read: Fadnavis govt announces pension for those who fought against Indira Gandhi imposed emergency

Additionally, the wives of those jailed for more than a month would receive Rs 5,000 and in the other case, they would receive Rs 2,000. As per a PTI report, the scheme would have also extended to the widows of those jailed during the 21 month period from 1975 to 1977.

As per an Asian Age report, the pension would be granted to those arrested and jailed for more than a month during the emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi led Congress government in the 70s.

In 2017, the Devendra Fadnavis led Maharashtra government had also proposed to provide a freedom fighter status to those who were jailed during the dark Emergency period, imposed by Indira Gandhi.

All the agitators were arrested in the 1970s under the draconian Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) act while protesting against the lack of democracy.

Incidentally, the Congress party had then criticised this decision by the Maharashtra government by stating that it was an insult to freedom fighters if emergency detainees are accorded the same status and respect as them.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Trending now

Congress mouthpiece says ‘Muslims have sat quiet and subdued’: Here is how they are wrong and how their dog-whistling might not work

National Herald published an article that said that the first year of Modi Sarkar 2.0 has been the 'worst possible year' for Muslims in the country.

Is Safoora Zargar being unfairly kept in jail while she is pregnant? Here is what the law says

Safoora Zargar was denied bail and liberals on social media have been calling the order 'remorseless' and 'shameful'.

Media furthers a dangerous narrative, wrongly portrays scuffle between cops and a thug in Rajasthan as ‘India’s George Floyd moment’

There is a stark difference between the George Floyd murder and what happened in Jodhpur when police tried to control a thug who assaulted them

Justice for Bramsh Baloch: An Echo Of Revolution

The current incident of Bramsh Baloch has not only exposed the relation of Pakistani state with the burglars, killers, death squad members, but it also unveiled the hidden dirty faces of Parliamentarians

From December 2019 to Delhi riots 2020: Here is how Islamist mobs tampered with CCTV cameras to avoid detection as they went on rampage

During the Delhi anti-Hindu riots, Islamists broke CCTV cameras. Police also confirmed no CCTV footage was recovered fro Tahir Hussain's house

Muslim mob torched properties of Hindus till 24th Feb night, burnt Dilbar Negi alive: Fresh charge sheet against 12 in Delhi riots

According to the charge sheet, a Muslim mob came from Brijpuri Pulia side in northeast Delhi and unleashed violence, targeting properties of Hindus. The mob continued damaging Hindu shops and burnt them till late night on February 24.

Recently Popular

Times of India journalist Samina Shaikh tries to shame Hindus over the killing of pregnant elephant in Kerala

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha has the head of an elephant and elephants are also considered holy.

Woman ‘protestor’ poops on an overturned police car in middle of riots in America. Watch the video (or maybe not)

A woman was seen defecating on a damaged police car in USA, an act video recorded and photographed by onlookers

GoAir fires trainee officer Asif Khan after screenshots of his Hinduphobic comment went viral on social media

GoAir has terminated the employment of one Asif Khan after his anti-Hindu offensive comments on social media went viral.

“Your mother was Hindu, how can we trust you?” Read shocking revelations by the niece of Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family refused to believe the niece's allegations stating that they cannot trust the daughter of a Hindu.

One suspect arrested in Kerala pregnant elephant death case, autopsy report reveals she could not eat for two weeks after cracker explosion in mouth

The forest department in Kerala has arrested one suspect in the case of death of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala

After trying to rope in 2nd, 3rd-year MBBS students to manage Coronavirus patients, Maharashtra govt to punish medical interns if they get coronavirus

Medical interns in Maharashtra will be liable to repeat the internship for the quarantine period if they are infected with Coronavirus

Second Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita booked under UAPA in the Delhi riots case

Pinjra Tod activist and JNU student Devangana Kalita booked under UAPA for Delhi riots, she is under judicial custody after her arrest

Hackers take down website of Maneka Gandhi’s NGO after she blamed people of Malappuram district for the death of pregnant elephant

The hackers put a message on the web page saying that Maneka Gandhi used the matter of elephant's death for dirty politics.

Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh apologizes for casteist remark against Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter and expressed regret for the comment which was made during a conversation with Rohit Sharma.

Darbhanga, Bihar: Massive explosion in one Nazir’s house, locals suspect bombs and not firecrackers responsible for blast

Local residents in Darbhanga claimed that the explosion took place at Nazir's house while making bombs and not due to fire crackers.

Markaz management deliberately disregarded police instructions to send back its members, central govt tells SC

Markaz management did not inform about the Tablighi Jamaat gathering to authorities, centre tells SC in affidavit

Meerut police find that more than 13000 phones of Chinese manufacturer Vivo operating on single IMEI number, case registered against the company

When one Meerut Police officer gave his phone to cyber cell for checking, they found that more than 13000 phones have same IMEI number

Central audit team finds JNU officials guilty of committing fraud worth Rs 57 lakhs in the financial year 2017-2018

The DGCAE has recommended that criminal cases be lodged against the JNU officials for availing LTCs using fake bills.

Facebook user narrates the harrowing tale of his struggle to get tested for Coronavirus in Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi

Delhi man narrates how he was told by multiple hospitals and laboratories that Delhi govt has stopped Coronavirus testing for 2-3 days

Udaipur: Tribal youth Mukesh stabbed to death over a minor fishing dispute, Zafar, Saeed, Firoz and others arrested after 1000 villagers agitate

As the mob started swelling Udaipur police, fearing communal tension, went on high alert. Internet was snapped for 24 hours

Delhi riots case: Delhi police investigating the assets of accused Faisal Farooq and his links with Nizamuddin Markaz

Delhi riot accused Faisal Farooq was in contact with the people involved with the PFI and Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz

Connect with us

229,696FansLike
363,542FollowersFollow
246,000SubscribersSubscribe