The original sale of the item occurred in the early 1970's, after the (Indira) Ghandi government rescinded privy purses
allotted to former rulers.
On behalf of the Chairman Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), a member of the Committee Tahira Auarngzeb presented report on the Rulers of Acceding Sates (Abolition of Privy Purses
and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for amendment in the rulers of acceding states (Abolition of Privy Purses
and Privileges) Order, 1972 thereby enhancing 200% Maintenance Allowance of Ex-rulers of acceding / merged state to a minimum allowance of Rs 25,000/- per annum.
With the entire North slipping out of the Congress's grasp in the 1967 assembly elections and prospects loomed large of the Congress ceding power in Delhi, Indira took bold steps like bank nationalisation and abolition of privy purses
, fought the powerful " Syndicate" comprising the entrenched old leaders, split the party and then split Pakistan, all of which contributed to her huge majority in the 1972 elections.
The Committee reconsidered 'The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses
and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017' and passed the same unanimously.