Addresing the nation on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced 20 per cent hike in freedom fighters pension.

"Pension for our freedom fighters will be increased by 20 per cent," Modi said, adding that "those who are receiving Rs.25,000 will now get Rs.30,000," Modi said from the Red Fort here. 

Talking abour tribal freedom fighters Modi said that "museums would be established in different states to glorify the role of lesser-known tribal freedom fighters".

"Tribals played an important role in out freedom struggle. Our government is planning to open museums all over the country to glorify their role so that future generations can know about their sacrifices," he added.

The total number central freedom fighters pensioners as on January 1, 2015 is 35,900.