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Dangs chiefs seek higher pension

The Times of India

New Delhi:The former “kings” of Dangs from Gujarat are up in arms against what they call daylight robbery of their rights and privileges for the last 55 years during which they have been paid a pittance of political pension in lieu of the land taken away from them.Under the banner of Shramik Vikas Sansthan, they are preparing the appeal to move the Supreme Court to challenge a recent Gujarat High Court decision, which upheld the 1954 resolution merging the areas under them with Bombay state. Their area later went to Gujarat when it was carved out of Bombay.

What they term demeaning in the resolution is that they cannot spend the money they get as political pension. The government had appointed ‘Mamlatdars’ to control the expenditure and the pension amount as it feared that they being illiterates would be easily cheated. TNN

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