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Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly wants action against officials for asking leaders arrested under MISA

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Pradipta Kumar
Nayak today demanded the government to take action against the officials who have
issued a circular asking the leaders imprisoned during the emergency under the
Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) to apply for pension under the Madhu
Babu pension scheme.
Mr Nayak said it is an insult to the MISA prisoners and demanded the government
to take action.
He said leaders like former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh
Governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan and many other prominent leaders were
arrested under the MISA and it is an insult to ask them to apply for Madhu Babu
pension yojana.
The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) a pension scheme was launched by
the Odisha government with the objective of providing financial assistance to the
destitute elderly and destitute differently abled persons.
The issue was first raised by treasury bench Member during the zero hour.
Ruling BJD MLA Pradip Maharthi said the government in many states like
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarha and Uttar Pradesh have honoured
the leaders arrested under MISA.
The BJD leader said he himself was arrested and imprisoned for 18 months
under the MISA.
He urged the Speaker to direct the government not to cover the MISA arrestees
under the Madhu Babu Pension Scheme.
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