The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval to enhancement of pension for freedom fighters and for the spouses (widows/widowers), eligible daughters and dependent parents of deceased freedom fighters, under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme (SSSPS), 1980.
Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/spouses who get Rs. 24,775 per month will now be able to draw Rs. 30,000 per month, an official press release said.
Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses drawing Rs. 23,085 per month will get Rs. 28,000 per month.
Other Freedom Fighters/spouses including INA drawing Rs. 21,395 per month will get Rs. 26,000 per month, it said.
Dependent parents/eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time) drawing Rs. 3,380 at present will get 50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the freedom fighter, in the range of Rs. 13,000 to Rs. 15,000.
The revised scale of pension has taken effect from August 15, 2016.
The revised total amount of pension will be taken as basic pension for the respective categories of freedom fighter pensioners for calculating dearness relief.
The existing dearness relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was so far applicable to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, will be discontinued and replaced by the dearness allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year. This will be termed as "Dearness Relief”, the appropriate term in case of pensioners.
All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision, the release added.