Government to provide house to freedom fighter’s wife

June 27th, 2008 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The central government Friday said an accommodation would be allotetd to a freedom fighter’s 85-year-old widow who had challenged in the Delhi High Court an order of the estate department evicting her from a government house. Counsel for the ministry of home affairs told the Delhi High Court that a house meant for the freedom fighters would be allotted to Gyanwati Darwar.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the estate department to allot the accommodation within a week from the date of receiving her application.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Gyanwati seeking an accommodation for herself under a government scheme in which freedom fighters and their widows were given residential facilities for their lifetime.

Gyanwati approached the court following the eviction bid by the estate department June 2.

She alleged the officials behind the eviction bid took the plea that the government scheme of providing lifetime residential facilities to widows of freedom fighters had been revoked.

Her husband B.S. Darwar was allotted a type-IV quarter in Lodhi Colony here in 1984 following a government scheme under which freedom fighters were entitled to free accommodation for lifetime.

A year later, the scheme was amended and the benefits were extended to the widows of the freedom fighters.

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