The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju chaired the 2nd meeting of the Committee of Eminent Freedom Fighters at SKICC Srinagar, today. During the meeting the Committee deliberated various issues of concern to the Freedom Fighters.Issues such as granting reservation in Central Government Services to all Dependents of the Freedom Fighters, permitting Grand Sons and Daughters of the Freedom Fighters to study in the Central Schools spread all over India, providing employment to families of the Freedom Fighters including Petrol Pump, Gas Agency etc, giving job in Railways to at least one person recommended by Freedom Fighters and providing free electricity to all the Freedom Fighters were considered by the committee.
The agenda of the meeting also included extending Bank Loan to Dependents of all the Freedom Fighters, providing Temporary Accommodation/Stay for the Freedom Fighters in District Headquarters, revalidation of Orders related to Medical Facilities provided to Freedom Fighters, Renewal of complimentary Railway Passes for three years instead of one year, extending free Railway Passes to all eligible Dependents/Successors of Freedom Fighters and free toll tax to all Freedom Fighters while travelling on National Highways. The issue of inviting representative from railways in the next meeting was also raised.
The Committee also considered increasing the Basic Pension of Freedom Fighters/Daughters, Verification of Freedom Fighters/Dependents Family Pensioners, Switch over of PPOs from SBI to Other Nationalised banks and mandatory transfer of PPOs from treasuries to banks.The meeting was informed that the number of central freedom fighters pensioners as on January 1, 2015 was 11,434 and the widows and eligible dependents was 24,466, total of which comes to 35,900. The participants highlighted the problems faced by the freedom fighter pensioners in processing their pensions and also sought increase in the pension to unmarried and unemployed daughters. Assuring the participants, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the Ministry will update the quota available to freedom fighters beneficiaries.
In his concluding remarks, the Union Minister thanked the freedom fighters for their participation in the meeting adding that we must draw inspiration from these brave souls and ensure highest degree of respect to them.
The freedom fighters who attended the meeting include Shri Vidya Sagar Shukla, Shri Radheswas Prassad Singh, Shri Rai Singh Patanga, Shri Om Prakash, Shri G.S. Mitra, Shri N.R. Mathad and Smt Rampilla Narasayamma.
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