J&K govt approves pension to Goa liberation movement fighters

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April 3:The Jammu and Kashmir government today approved the grant of State Freedom Fighters Pension in favor of those from the state who fought for the liberation of Goa.

The State Administrative Council, which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor N N Vohra, approved the grant of State Freedom Fighters Pension retrospectively from July 1, 2002, in favour of the freedom fighters from the state who had participated in the Goa Liberation Movement in 1954-55 against the Portuguese rule, an official spokesman said.

He said that earlier state pension had been sanctioned in their favour by the State Cabinet from May 26, 2008 onwards only.

The decision will address a long-pending demand of the Goa freedom fighters and make them eligible to concurrently receive pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme being administered by the central government, he said.

Meanwhile, the SAC also approved the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill 2016 for its enactment by the Governor.

The Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies Act 1989 provided for the constitution of Appellate Tribunal, which has not been constituted till date.

In the absence of such a Tribunal, the parties aggrieved by the decisions of the Registrar have been deprived of exercising their right of appeal under the Act, he said.

He said the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill 2016 will provide the Jammu and Kashmir Special Tribunal constituted under the Jammu and Kashmir Special Tribunal Act, 1988 against the order of Registrar Cooperative Societies.

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