PATNA: Millionaire Lalu Prasad, national president of RJD, could be the new beneficiary of the JP Senani Samman scheme.
Reports quoting media sources said the state government in Bihar has approved his application making him eligible for a monthly pension of Rs 10,000.
Home department sources said very recently Prasad whose party is a coalition partner in the ruling Nitish Kumar government filled up the pension form under the scheme and submitted it to the government.
The state government has fixed two categories for granting pension under the scheme: Those who were sentenced to less than six month of prison during Jayprakash Narayan total revolution movement will be given a monthly pension of Rs 5,000 while those spending more than six months in jail will be given Rs 10,000 as pension.
Prasad falls in the second category. He was jailed under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) in 1974.
This pension scheme was implemented in 2009 and reports said Prasad would be eligible for even arrears as well.
As per reports, former Union Minister Prasad became eligible for pension following a 2015 amendment to the scheme, which was introduced by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 2009.
Kumar, who considers himself as a disciple of Jayaprakash Narayan, was himself jailed during the movement. However, he is not taking the benefit.
As per reports, some 3100 people are currently getting pension under the scheme.