Following PM Modi’s Independence Day advice, the home ministry has decided to increase the monthly pension of freedom fighters by Rs. 5,000.
This hike applies to all the freedom fighters who were incarcerated in Cellular Jail of Andaman Islands and come under ex-Andaman political prisoners category.
File Photo of PM Modi with freedom fighters. The Hindu
The hike will even apply to the pension of spouses of those who were incarcerated in Cellular Jail. The pension category will now get Rs. 30,000 as compared to Rs. 24,775 that they got earlier.
Meanwhile, the pension of freedom fighters who suffered outside British India will also be raised from current Rs. 23,085 to Rs.28,000 per month.
This hike also applies to freedom fighters who were members of the Indian National Army (INA). They would now get Rs. 26,000 per month.
The announcement about the hike was made by PM Modi during his Independence Day speech when he said the pension of Freedom Fighters would be hiked by 20 per cent.
According to a government official these enhanced pension have come into effect from August 15, 2016, and will benefit around 37,000 freedom fighters in the country.