MoS Home G Kishan Reddy, as a Chairman For the New Panel for Freedom Fighters
- The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reconstituted a committee to look into the welfare of freedom fighters, with the minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy as the chairman and nine “eminent freedom fighters” from across the country as its members, said officials.
- The ministry has a separate division to serve freedom fighters who are alive and their families. It disburses pension to about 30,000 freedom fighters and their families. Besides Reddy, former Congress MLA from Gujarat Dinakar Bhai Desai, who took part in the 1942 Quit India movement, is among those part of the panel. “I was imprisoned for more than 18 months during the Quit India movement. Later, I joined politics and was elected to Gujarat assembly on a Congress ticket.
- Ahead of the 2019 Independence Day, Desai had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. His son, Piyush Desai, is a BJP MLA from Navsari in Gujarat.
- “The committee has eight more members. It will look into the welfare and grievances of freedom fighters and their families,” said Desai. “Most of the freedom fighters are pained to see a comparison between Veer Savarkar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh or Subhas Chandra Bose. They all fought for their motherland.” According to the MHA, the central government incurred Rs 730.73 crore on pension and other benefits to freedom fighters in 2019-20.
About Ministry of Home Affairs-
The Ministry of Home Affairs or Home Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India. As the interior ministry of India, it is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy. The Home Ministry is headed by Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah.
- Founded – 15 August 1947
- Headquarters-New Delhi
- Union Home Minister– Amit Shah
- Minister of State -G. Krishna Reddy
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