Nod for scheme ranging between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000
A State function will be held every year on June 5, the day on which Jayaprakash Narayan gave the call of ‘Sampoorna Kranti’
JP revolutionaries would also be allowed to free travel in government buses besides free medicare
Patna: In a decision aimed at honouring political activists of Jayaprakash Narayan’s “total revolution” movement, Bihar Government on Friday decided to give them monthly pension ranging between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000 on the lines of freedom fighters.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that a sum of Rs. 31 crore would be spent annually on the “JP Senani Samman” scheme.
Mr. Kumar said the “political sufferers” of JP movement who were jailed under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rule (DIR) between one month to six months would be paid a monthly pension of Rs 2,500.
Those whose jail term extended beyond six months would be entitled to monthly pension of Rs 5,000, he said, adding all those who participated in the 36-month movement from March 18, 1974 to March 21, 1977 would be covered under the scheme.
The government has also decided to hold State function on June 5 as it was on this day that Jayaprakash Narayan while addressing a mammoth gathering at the historic Gandhi Maidan here had given a call for “Sampoorna Kranti” (total revolution), Mr. Kumar said.
Mr. Kumar said wives and husbands of those who died in jail or in police firing would also be entitled to Rs 5,000 monthly pension and those injured in police firing would be given a pension of Rs 2,500. He said that JP revolutionaries would also be allowed to travel free of cost in government buses. They would be entitled to free medicare along with their spouse in government hospitals. For this, identity cards would be issued to them.
Mr. Kumar said the government had already constituted an advisory board headed by Acharya Rammoorti to identify those who underwent jail sentence during the movement and was finalising the objections to the claims.
He said that those who underwent jail terms for less than a month or went underground during the movement and litterateur, theatre artists and journalists who actively participated in the movement would be given a momento and citation on recommendation of the board.
Asked if RJD chief and former Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad would also be given the pension, Mr. Kumar said so far the board had not received an application from Mr. Prasad.