Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has decided to put Misabandi pension on hold and to conduct an inquiry about the number of people who were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) after which it will be started again. However, MP government is not clear about the number of days will be consumed for the investigation. The pension scheme was started by Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in 2008 Known as Loknayak Jayprakash Samman Nidhi and was enshrined into law only last year.
As per the reports, the officials have been ordered to carry out physical verification of former MISA detainees, and until the verification is over, the monthly pension of Rs 25,000 should not be paid.
State BJP general secretary V D Sharma called this decisiona great injustice against people from all sections of society who had opposed and suffered a lot during the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government. Sharma said, "The victims were not affiliated to a particular ideology," he said, adding that "we are going to oppose the Congress government's decision tooth and nail".
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja said that the pension scheme has not been scrapped and it was only a necessary exercise before the money is disbursed.