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Panel endorses plan to scrap privy purses

The Government of India has finally decided to scrap princely privileges and privy purses. A scheme prepared by the Home Ministry in this regard was broadly endorsed by the Internal Affairs Committee of the Cabinet which discussed the issue for about an hour to-day [July 3]. While the privileges of ex-rulers are to be withdrawn immediately, the amount of privy purses is to be paid on a slab system for a specified period (which may be 20 or 25 years) so that its abolition does not cause undue financial difficulties. The scale of payments worked out by the Ministry gives a generous treatment to the smaller princes. The Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, presided over the meeting which was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Morarji Desai, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, Mr. Jagjivan Ram, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Mr. Swaran Singh and Mr. P. Govinda Menon. The proposals drawn by the Home Ministry in consultation with the Law Ministry envisage amendments to certain Articles of the Constitution relating to privileges and privy purses and also the enactment of special legislation to enable payment of money to the ex-rulers for a limited period. The Internal Affairs Committee is believed to have decided that legislative action to implement the scheme should be taken “as early as possible” so that “no doubt is left in the minds of the people concerned about the Government’s intentions on this issue.” If possible, the needed legislative measures may be brought forward during the monsoon session of Parliament itself. The Home Ministry has also been asked to hold another round of talks with the representatives of ex-rulers to enlist their maximum co-operation for the proposed legislative steps.

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