Health insurance schemes to be formulated for freedom fighters

New Delhi, February 11, 2010

The Government will soon formulate a health insurance scheme for freedom fighters and take steps to ensure prompt medical treatment for them at places close to their residences.

These were among the decisions taken at the meeting of the reconstituted Freedom Fighters Committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Goa recently.

An official press release said eminent freedom fighters from every region of the country participated in the meeting that was chaired by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken. The meeting discussed various issues concerning freedom fighters and streamlining of processes associated with such issues.

According to the release, the health insurance scheme for freedom fighters would be formulated by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Among other things, there was in-principle agreement between the Railways and the Ministry of Home Affairs to allow freedom fighters to avail of their passes and travel in Shatabdi/Rajdhani trains.

The meeting agreed to establish ten chairs in Central Universities in the names of eminent freedom fighters and on the updation of "Who's Who of Freedom Fighters" by the Indian Council of Historical Research in the next three years.

Mr Maken said he would write to the Chief Ministers of all States/Union Territories and request them to take follow-up action on concerns and issues related to freedom fighters.

The Home Ministry will ensure that only genuine freedom fighters get the Central Samman Pension and that fake claimants do not get these benefits. In this regard, the meeting was informed that an order had been issued that, henceforth, pension would not be sanctioned to persons whose age at the time of participation in the freedom struggle was less than 15 years.

It was also decided that the meetings of the Committee would be held twice in a year and at places associated with freedom fighters and the freedom struggle. This was the first time that a meeting of the Committee was held outside Delhi.

NNN

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