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Odisha freedom fighters’ pension hiked by Rs 4K in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 5: The State Government on Friday increased State Pension for freedom fighters across all categories by around Rs 4,000 each. They will now get nearly double the amount they have been getting with retrospective effect from April 2017.

According to a Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) communiqué, those freedom fighters who were jailed during freedom struggles will be entitled to avail Rs 10,000 per month against the existing Rs 6,000 while un-jailed and those who participated in the Goa Mukti Movement will get Rs 9,000 against the existing Rs 5,000. The monthly token pension has also been hiked to Rs 8,000. It was Rs 5,000.

The enhancement will come into force with retrospective effect from April 2017. The Government had last time hiked the amount on October 1, 2013.

“We are indebted to our freedom fighters in every way. We are breathing the air of freedom and leading an unfettered life in a thriving democracy only because of the untellable struggles and sacrifices of our freedom fighters. They shed their blood and sacrificed their comforts and families for the cause of ensuring a free nation for us,” said Patnaik in his Facebook page.

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