Tamil Diplomat

More pension for freedom fighters, Jayalalithaa announces on I-Day

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday said that her government will continue to strive to achieve the goal of all round development and inclusive growth.

In her Independence Day address after unfurling the National Flag from the ramparts of Fort St. George in Chennai, she said in the last four years, the State has witnessed growth in all sectors. Ms. Jayalalithaa said the State will attract investments worth Rs. 1 lakh crore from the Global Investors Meet to be held next month. She said her government has done away with power cuts due to increase in power generation and it has led to industrial growth and creation of jobs.

Listing out the various achievements of her government, the Chief Minister said that in the education sector, in the last four years, a total of 1,319 schools have been upgraded, 192 primary schools opened, 72,843 teachers appointed and 53 colleges including four government engineering colleges have been opened.

She announced that freedom fighters pension would be increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs. 11,000. Similarly, the family pension for their heirs will be increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 5,500. A total of 1,881 persons will benefit from this and the decision will cost the exchequer an additional Rs.1.37 crore.

Ms. Jayalalithaa also announced that the special pension for the descendents of Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Marudhu Brothers, Muthuramalinga Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi and V.O.Chidambaram’s grandson will be enhanced to Rs. 5,000  (The Hindu, 2015).