Give due honour to freedom fighters: Hooda

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Chandigarh, May 24 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today urged the people to give due honour to the freedom fighters and their successors and always work for maintaining the unity and integrity of the country.

Mr Hooda was addressing the Joint Meeting of National Council organised by the All India Freedom Fighters Organisation and All India Freedom Fighters Successors Organisation at New Delhi today.

The meeting was organised to celebrate the centenary year of the launching of non-violent movement of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa against the excesses of the British Imperialist rule in the year 1908 and also the 151th year of India's First War of Independence of 1857, an official release here said.

Mr Hooda said the Father of the Nation had given mankind the precious gift of the philosophy of truth and non-violence which he experimented with his protest against the excesses of the British Imperialist rule in South Africa in the year 1908.

Paying tributes to the freedom fighters and great martyrs, he said that only truth and non-violence could lead in maintaining human values which also pave way for all round progress and prosperity.

He said the Haryana government had taken several steps to give honour to the freedom fighters and their successors. The pension of the freedom fighters in the state had been enhanced substantially from Rs 1435 to about Rs 5500.

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