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Chhattisgarh Govt scraps MISA detainees’ pension

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Chhattisgarh Govt scraps MISA detainees’ pension

Friday, 24 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | RAIPUR

Chhattisgarh Government on Thursday ended the pension of those jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules (DIR) during emergency period. Advocate General, Chhattisgarh, Satish Verma confirming it said necessary amendment in the act related to MISA detainees (2008) was done and it was also notified in the state gazette to end the pension.

Notable, through an order, General Administration Department earlier directed all the divisional commissioners and district collectors to do physical verification of detainees and also instructed the district treasury officers to stop disbursing the pension amount from the month of February, 2019. 

The High Court of Chhattisgarh later on around a fortnight ago had given adverse decision and had instructed the government to release the pensions.

In fact, the State Government without making necessary amendment in the act had stopped the pension citing the reason that it would only be continued after physical verification.  

Meanwhile, through notification in the state gazette the State Government has now ended the pension to the detainees and their family members.

Around 300 pensioners are still alive in the state and most of them are widows of detainees.

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