Tamra Patra and other benefits for survivors of Emergency excesses

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 10:12 IST

The Haryana government will honour those who were oppressed or imprisoned while trying to uphold democratic values during the Emergency with a ‘Tamra Patra’ in the Independence Day function this year.

A district administration release on Monday said the state government felt that the period of Emergency from June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977 was the darkest period of independent India. It is also collecting articles, poems, features, news stories and other literature published during that period, which will be compiled into a book titled ‘ Shubra Jyotsna’. The book will be formally released on January 26, 2016.

The Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash appealed the people to submit such documents, audio, video or articles, features etc in the office of District Information & Public Relations Officer Gurgaon located on sixth floor of mini secretariat Gurgaon.

The deputy commissioner on Monday said that the state government has decided to honour those people who had struggled for restoration of democratic values during the Emergency. He said that a ‘Tamra Patra’ will be awarded to each of them in recognition of their struggle.

The district administration is collecting names of such people and till now they have received 13 names. Their antecedents are being verified.

The list includes — Srichand Gupta, Satyaprakash Arya, Atam Prakash Nagpal, Anil Nagpal, Badriparshad Gupta, Ishwar Dyal Gupta, Vipin Singla, Pramod Vashishth, Mahavir Prasad Bhardwaj, Subhash Chand Sachdeva, Ved Mangla, Kanta Devi wife of Vedpal and Sohan Lal Gogia.

Satyaprakash said that if the person who had struggled and gone to jail died, his wife or the next of kin could claim the honour on his behalf. If both the husband and wife had passed away, their next of kin could still reveal the names to the district administration and claim the Tamra Patra for them.

He said that as per the decision of the state government, these identified persons would be given number of other facilities as well. They could avail free travel facility in the Haryana Roadways ordinary buses. They would be given 75% concession in fare on Volvo buses.

A husband and wife would also be given facility of free treatment in all government hospitals.

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