Dharamsala, February 9: The Himachal Pradesh government has announced the enhancement of financial assistance i.e 'Samman Rashi' and various new initiatives for freedom fighters of the state to felicitate them.
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh, while speaking on the occasion of State Level Freedom Fighters Conference at Jawalamukhi in district Kangra on Wednesday announced enhancement of 'Samman Rashi' of the freedom fighters from Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 and equal enhancement of pension of the widows and unmarried daughters of the freedom fighters from 5000 to 15,000.
He also announced enhancing of the amount for performing last rites of freedom fighters from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25000 and financial assistance from Rs., 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 for performing last rites of widows of freedom fighters. He also announced to nominate two members of the wards of freedom fighters in Freedom Fighters Welfare Board and permanent entry of the families of freedom fighters in revenue records.
The Chief Minister also announced the enhancement of marriage grants to the daughters and granddaughters from Rs.21,000 to Rs.31,000. Besides, the Chief Minister announced to clear the backlog in government jobs as soon as possible. He directed officials to construct roads to the houses of freedom fighters within six months and also to bring married daughters and granddaughters within the fold of existing two percent reservation for government jobs.
The CM further said the state government had implemented a scheme for honouring the freedom fighters of the state under Himachal Pradesh 'Swantantrata Senani Samman Yojna' for providing financial assistance (Samman Rashi) to 60 living freedom fighters, widows of 601 freedom fighters and their unmarried daughters.
The Chief Minister also honoured the freedom fighters on the occasion and displayed a keen interest in the exhibition in memory of freedom fighters organised by the Department of Language, Art and Culture. There were 661 freedom fighters from the state. A two-minute silence was also observed in the memory of martyrs.