Saturday, 15 April 2017

Family pension to freedom fighters


Family pension to freedom fighters
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1502
ANSWERED ON-15.03.2017

Family pension to freedom fighters

1502 . Shri R. Vaithilingam
(a) whether it is a fact that the Centre is giving family pension to the freedom fighters;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether Government is considering to revise and increase family pension; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)

(a) to (d): Yes Sir. The Centre is giving family pension to the eligible dependents of the freedom fighter pensioners under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980, administered by Ministry of Home Affairs. As per the provisions of this Scheme, after death of the freedom fighter pensioner, his/her spouse(widow/widower) and after death of spouse, his/her unmarried & un-employed daughters (up to maximum of three such daughters at any point of time) and thereafter, mother or father of the freedom fighter pensioner are granted dependent family pension.

The freedom fighter pension/family pension has already been revised and increased recently by the Central Government with effect from 15.08.2016. The amount of pension being given under this scheme to different categories of freedom fighters and their dependents are as at Annexure. Dearness Allowance/Relief as given to the Central Government Employees/pensioners has been made applicable to the freedom fighter pensioners also.
Annexure
Monthly Amount of Pension provided under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980


Sl.NoCategory of freedom fightersAmount of pension before the enhancement on 15.08.2016 including Dearness Relief (Per Month)Present amount of pension after the enhancement with effect from 15.08.2016(Per Month)
1.Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/spousesRs.24,775/-Rs.30,000/-
2.Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spousesRs.23,085/-Rs.28,000/-
3.Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INARs.21,395/-Rs.26,000/-
4.Dependent parents/eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)Rs.3,380/-(dependent parents)Rs.5,070/-(daughters)50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter, i.e., in the range of Rs.13,000/- to Rs.15,000/-

Source: RAJYA SABHA Q&A

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