Dehradun: Following the example of Bihar, the Uttarakhand government has decided to give pension to the first generation heirs of freedom fighters who have completed the age of sixty. Around 300-400 beneficiaries in the state would withdraw Rs 6000 as pension.

Over a dozen demands of the freedom fighters were cleared on Thursday in a high profile meeting that was attended by Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar and Home Secretary Rajiv Gupta.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal had already given his in-principle consent to the demands of freedom fighters. An official notification regarding the decisions would be issued by May 31.

It was also decided that two freedom fighters would be honoured as special invitees to the district and state level committees of the 20-point development programme.

While the pension amount of freedom fighters has been increased to Rs 11,000, government has also decided to donate Rs 5,000 for the cremation of freedom fighters’ widows.

(JPN/Bureau)