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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde restores Emergency pension scheme scrapped by Uddhav Thackeray Govt

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. File.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. File. | Photo Credit: PTI

The Maharashtra Government led by Eknath Shinde on July 14 restored the pension scheme meant for those political activists who were imprisoned during the Emergency imposed in 1975.

The scheme, which was introduced by the Devendra Fadnavis Government in 2018, was scrapped by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation in 2020.

The Fadnavis government, which was in power between 2014 and 2019, had taken the decision to provide pension to the activists, who had protested against the Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The pension amount ranged from ₹5,000 to ₹10,000 depending upon the jail term they faced between 1975 and 1977. Anyone who underwent imprisonment for less than a month or up to a month would get ₹5,000, while those who were jailed for three months and above would get ₹10,000.

Mr. Fadnavis, who is now the Deputy Chief Minister, said the activists who protested against the Emergency belonged to the RSS, Jan Sangh and some political parties.

"Several people were jailed because they protested for reinstating democracy. My own father was in jail for two years," he told reporters.

The MVA government may have stopped the pension scheme under pressure from the Congress, he said.

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