Ex-Army Personnel Begins Relay Hunger Strike Over OROP


New Delhi: Upset with the centre’s reluctance to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP), ex-servicemen across the country began a relay hunger strike on Monday.

Yesterday, hundreds of retired defence personnel held protests including in the national capital and have sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention in the matter. They also said that the agitation would continue till the government announced a firm date for the introduction of OROP.

On Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar assured the agitating ex-servicemen that the “promises” made would be kept and that they should be “patient”.

The Narendra Modi government has said that it is committed to ‘One Rank One Pension’, one of its key poll promises, but has refused to specify a timeline for its implementation.