HC Quashes State’s Decision to Repeal Pension for MISA Detainees

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  • The state HC denied to approve the states decision to repeal pension of the MISA detainees.
  • The Baghel govt had suspended the ordeal after it gained power in 2018 December.
  • Under MISA, kin of those imprisoned during the Emergency were alloted a significant amount of financial assistance.

Chattisgarh : Bringing down the decision put forth by the Baghel Govt, the state HC on Tuesday, denied to support scarping the MISA detainee pension scheme, launched by the previous BJP government for those who were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act during the emergency period from 1975 to 1977.

Hearing the appeal, a division bench, headed by Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, dismissed the appeals and directed the state government to release the pension to MISA detainees.After taking charge of the govt in December 2018, the Baghel cabinet had repealed Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan (MISA/Defence of India Rules (DIR) DIR detainees) Samman Nidhi Rule.

According to this rule, people jailed during the Emergency ( from June 25, 1975, to March 31, 1977) were given a significant financial assistance to the dependants of those arrested. Accordingly, people who spent three months in jail under MISA during the Emergency were being given Rs 10,000 per month. Those imprisoned for six months were getting Rs 15,000 per month and those jailed for over six months were getting Rs 25,000.

Suspending the ordeal in 2019, the govt had decided to hold a physical verification of the beneficiaries and reassessment of the disbursement process.Agigated by the suspension, the HC recieved hundreds of pleas challenging the state.

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