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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today announced that the financial assistance or pension given to the soldiers and widows of soldiers who fought World War II will be increased, official sources said.

A proposal to increase the pension amount from Rs 1,000 a month to Rs 6,000 a month was approved by finance minister S B Behera here today.

About 483 persons will be benefited from the government's decision.

The state government felt that the amount should be hiked keeping in view the market price, Behera said.

The state will now spent Rs 29 lakh per annum in this regard, he added.

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