Mumbai: In a Major development today the Maharashtra government has decided to stop pensions for the people who were jailed during the 1975-77 emergency period.
Maharashtra Government issues Government Resolution (GR) to discontinue pensions for the people who were jailed during the 1975-77 emergency period, over 'heavy losses to the state exchequer due to #COVID19 and lockdown.'
— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020
Opining that the Emergency pension caused ‘heavy losses to the state exchequer due to COVID-19 and lockdown’, the Uddhav government scrapped the pension scheme.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government comprising of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena will not pay Rs 10,000 that was being paid to all those who had spent more than a month in jail during Emergency and Rs 5,000 to those who had spent lesser time.
About the scheme
The Scheme was rolled out by Devendra Fadnavis government in 2018. Incidentally, Shiv Sena was a part of the 2018 Fadnavis government and has supported the scheme.
Scenario in other states
Chhattisgarh Govt scrapped MISA pension
The Congress government in Chhattisgarh in January this year had scrapped the pension scheme launched by the earlier BJP administration for those detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Madhya Pradesh govt scrapped MISA pension
On December 29 last year, Madhya Pradesh government order directed officials to carry out physical verification of former MISA detainees and to withhold the monthly pension of Rs 25,000 until completion of the exercise.