Another army veteran Havildar Ashok Chauhan (Retd) who had been on the hunger strike since past eight days has been admitted in hospital after his health deteriorated. He has been taken to RR Hospital.
Ex-serviceman Hawaldar Major Singh, who is on a hunger strike for the last ten days over a demand for implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme on Tuesday, has refused to go to hospital. Singh said he would continue with his protest and would leave the place only in an ambulance.
Meanwhile, ex servicemen Uday Singh Rawat and Major Pyar Chand have also joined the hunger strike in Jantar Mantar area of the national capital.
Hawaldar Major Singh and Colonel Pushpendra Singh began a hunger strike over a demand for implementation of OROP on August 16.
Col Pushpendra Singh (Retd), who was on a fast-unto-death was yesterday shifted to Army hospital here after his medical report showed increased ketone levels.
Pushpender’s daughter said, “The soldiers are angry now and the government should ensure that soldiers are given their rights and are not treated this way”. Ex-servicemen have been protesting for the implementation of OROP for over two months and are hoping to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.
Four former service chiefs recently wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee, the supreme commander of the armed forces, asking him to “urgently intervene” in the OROP row. Ten former Service chiefs have also written a joint letter to Modi seeking early implementation of OROP.
Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement. Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.