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Jan 19, 2013 at 05:27pm IST

West Bengal: Govt scraps allowances for 'political sufferers' of Naxal uprising

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Saturday announced that allowances introduced by the erstwhile Left Front government for those who suffered during the Naxalite uprising in 1970s, would be discontinued. "Allowances given to political sufferers will be discontinued from now," Finance minister Amit Mitra said about the category 'political sufferers on post-Independent democratic movement' introduced by the Left government.

However, Mitra, who was speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, said that allowances given to freedom fighters would not only remain but also be improved. The list of freedom fighters would be studied diligently so that they were able to get allowances at higher rates, he said.

On the education front, the cabinet decided that any policies taken in respect of private universities in the state would be hosted on the web for a month to get feedback from the people and other stakeholders. Education minister Bratya Basu said that the state government would take steps to ensure that the interests of students in private universities were safeguarded as there were instances of harassment.

WB: Govt scraps allowances for 'political sufferers'

However, allowances given to freedom fighters would not only remain but will also improve.

The education department would also give affiliation to schools under the Madhyamik board in panchayat areas, Basu said. The financial implications involved like payment of salaries would be borne by the panchayat department.