While presiding over the 16th meeting of State Freedom Fighters Welfare Board, Vice Chairman, Shri Sushil Chand Rattan said that Suket Satyagraha Memorial would be constructed in the memory of freedom fighters at Dari near Dharamshala in the district of Kangra. The meeting took place in Shimla today.
Shri Rattan said that land for its construction has been identified. He also said that the honour of freedom fighters was on the foremost agenda of the State Government and many schemes were being implemented for their welfare. He said that freedom fighters of the State had played a pivotal role during the freedom struggle movement. He said that free travelling identity cards were also being issued to the wives of freedom fighters along with their attendant after the death of the freedom fighters. The decision had been taken to nominate at least two freedom fighters at district level committees, he added.
He said that the roads and pedestrian paths leading upto their homes would be constructed on priority. Directions have been given to clear medical bills of freedom fighters on priority basis and two percent reservation to the wards of freedom fighters were being provided in Government jobs. He said that backlog of employment to the wards of the freedom fighters would be cleared soon and process for providing employment to 762 wards would be expedited. It was also decided to make arrangements for stay of freedom fighters in rest houses.
Earlier, Member Secretary, Freedom Fighters Welfare Board and Chief Secretary, Shri S. Roy said that State Government was endeavouring to provide all kinds of possible assistance to the freedom fighters and their wards.
Two minutes silence was also observed in the memory of the freedom fighters, who had lost their lives. Freedom Fighters from all over the State, their wards and a number of prominent personalities were also present in the meeting.