DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Punjab Welfare of Freedom Fighters Minister Om Parkash Soni on Sunday said that state government was fully committed to the welfare of the freedom fighters, the real heroes of the country’s independence struggle.
Mr Soni said that the state government has waived of toll tax for freedom fighters. “Freedom fighters are getting benefit on every toll plazas of the state and national highways in Punjab,” he said. The government has issued identity card to the freedom fighters regarding the waiving off.
Besides, he said the government has initiated many welfare schemes for the welfare of freedom fighters, they are getting 300 units of electricity for domestic connection free of cost. Apart from this, tube well connections are being provided on out-of-the-turn basis to them. Five beds are reserved in Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh for freedom fighters, he added.
Mr Soni said that freedom fighters, their widows and unmarried and unemployed daughters and their one attendant have been given the facility to travel in state government transport undertaking on free basis.
“War heroes, who participated in the ‘morcha’ for the formation of Punjabi Suba and protested against emergency and imprisoned up to three months, are being provided financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month, who had been imprisoned for three to six months, are being given Rs 1,500 and those imprisoned for more than six months are being given Rs 2000 per month”, he said.