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New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday voiced his support to ex-servicemen protesting in the capital over non-implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme.

“Assurances from the government are not enough. We need implementation of the scheme,” Hazare, an ex-serviceman himself, said at the ‘Run for OROP’ event here, organised by retired soldiers.

He also slammed the Narendra Modi government, saying many promises were made on ending corruption but nothing has happened.

“Veterans serve the country but do not get their due,” he said.

Hazare reiterated that he will launch a protest at Ramlila Maidan here on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, in support of the OROP scheme.

“We still have two months left. I will travel across the country to seek people’s support,” he said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday also expressed hope that the central government will soon implement the OROP scheme. In a tweet in Hindi, he also paid tributes to soldiers who died in the 1999 Kargil conflict.

The ‘Run for OROP’ started from Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi at 6 a.m. and ended at the Jantar Mantar monument in the heart of the capital.

Major D.P. Singh (retd), who had to have his leg amputated after being injured in the Kargil conflict, led the event.

The ex-servicemen want the government to announce a date when the OROP will be implemented.

Currently, the amount of pension paid to ex-servicemen of the same rank differs — depending on when they retired.

A section of the former soldiers has been staging a relay hunger strike on the issue here since June 15.

(IANS)

 

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Again, the Prime Minister said "some people" felt ashamed of shouting "Bharat Mata ki Jai"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of aiding those who he said want to weaken the Indian Army and raising questions over the government and even the Supreme Court over Rafale fighter jets.

“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” Modi said, flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

“The country has been witnessing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened,” he added, in an obvious reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has been accusing corruption in the Rafale jet deal with France.

The Prime Minister said the country was watching “such people” who he added were “getting support of countries pitted against India”.

“What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”

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The Prime Minister pointedly accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.

“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minster and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them.

“But truth does not need ‘shringaar’ and lies will always die. The country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army.”

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Again, the Prime Minister said “some people” felt ashamed of shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?” (IANS)