War veterans call off hunger strike


New Delhi: The war veterans who have been on hunger strike until death for 22 days have called off their strike following a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the voluntary retirement issue after the One Rank One Pension scheme was implemented on Saturday.

This came after Major General Satbir Singh, thanking the Prime Minister for the clarification on the voluntary retirement issue, had said that though the veterans would continue with their protests, those on fast-unto-death would be requested to end their hunger strike.

Modi said, “I have fulfilled my promise of One Rank One Pension. You have spent your life for this country, we cannot ignore you.”

Asserting that the government wanted to see the soldiers of the country happy, the Prime Minister assured that they were still willing to look into any unaddressed issue with the help of the one-member judicial panel announced by the government.