Government has approved continuation of Swatantrata Sainik Samman Yojana(SSSY)

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What is the News?

The government has approved the continuation of the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Yojana (SSSY) till 2025-26.

What is Swatantrata Sainik Samman Yojana(SSSY)?

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Home Affairs

Background of the Scheme:

In 1969, the Government of India introduced the ‘Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. 

In 1972, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Independence, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters’ pension was introduced. 

Thereafter, in 1980, a scheme by the name ‘Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme was implemented.

From 2017-18 onwards, the nomenclature of the Scheme has been changed to ‘Swatantrata Sainik Samman Yojana’. 

What is the purpose of the scheme?

The scheme aims to provide a monthly Samman Pension to freedom fighters, as a token of respect for their contribution in the national freedom struggle and on their demise to their eligible dependents viz. spouses and thereafter, unmarried and unemployed daughters and dependent parents.

Source: This post is based on the article Government has approved continuation of Swatantrata Sainik Samman Yojana(SSSY) published in PIB on 8th Mar 2022.

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