Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced substantial increase in honorarium of widows and unmarried daughters of freedom fighters from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per month.
He also announced increase in grant-in-aid for marriage of daughters of freedom fighters from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 51,000 and grand-daughters from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 21,000. The amount for last rites was also increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively for the freedom fighters and their wives.
Presiding over the conference of state freedom fighters at Bilaspur, Mr. Singh said that Congress had always looked after the interests of the freedom fighters and their families.
He said wives and unmarried daughters of 813 freedom fighters were being provided honorarium which included 96 living freedom fighters.
He also accused the previous BJP government for ignoring them.
The state had enhanced the honorarium of freedom fighters from Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 10,000 per month from September 1, 2013.
Their dependents were allowed two per cent reservation in the government jobs while provision had been made for reserving one seat in MBBS, dental and ayurvedic colleges.