OROP protester falls ill, hospitalized


New Delhi: With the OROP protests entering the 76th day, no breakthrough is in sight even after the series of meetings with the Narendra Modi government, a retired Army havildar who was on a relay hunger strike as part of agitation by veterans for early implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ was on Saturday rushed to the Army hospital after his health deteriorated.

“Havildar Abhilash Singh has been taken to hospital. He was on relay hunger strike,” an official from the United Front of Ex-Servicemen, the umbrella organisation of veterans carrying out the protest, said.

One Rank One Pension scheme has been a long-standing demand of nearly 3 million ex-servicemen and war widows in the country. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defense personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.