Rajasthan, October 15: The Rajasthan government has decided to discontinue the pension scheme of prisoners detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA). The decision was announced by Minister Shanti Dhariwal and he said, "Medical facilities will be regularised but pensions will be stopped as we don't consider them to be freedom fighters."
The decision was announced after the cabinet meeting held on Monday. As per the decision, medical services that were being given to the people, who were imprisoned during emergency under MISA, will be regularised but the pension that was being given to them will be discontinued.‘RSS Has Always Been Against National Anthem and the Tricolour, Rajiv Gandhi Was Very Troubled With Their Ideologies’, Says Rajasthan Minister Shanti Dhariwal.
Check ANI tweet:
Rajasthan Min Shanti Dhariwal on state cabinet's decision to discontinue pension of prisoners detained under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA): Medical facilities will be regularised but pensions will be stopped as we don't consider them to be freedom fighters. (14.10) pic.twitter.com/1SSHrbrzWu
— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2019
Thousands of people were held and put behind bars under MISA during the Emergency in 1975. According to a Times of India report, the pension of those detained under MISA during the Emergency was raised from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 per month and their medical assistance was also increased to Rs 4,000 monthly from Rs 1,200.