The Punjabi Suba pension will be granted only to a person who was imprisoned for taking part in the agitation, the state government told the high court on Wednesday.
The government’s counsel produced a letter written by general administration department (freedom fighters’ branch) conveying the decision. The last year’s original policy only mentioned the requirement of participation in the agitation. It was challenged through a public interest litigation (PIL).
As per the new circular, those who were jailed for up to three months will be eligible for a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month, for three to six months of imprisonment it will be Rs 1,500, and for higher term it will be Rs 2,000.
In a further climb down, the government also told the court it had deleted the earlier provision empowering former and present legislators, zila parishad chairman and members and village sarpanch concerned to identify such “sangharshi yodhas”. Now, the applicant will have to produce a proof of imprisonment, clearly stating the duration.