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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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India Pavilion Put Special Focus on Mahatma Gandhi at London Book Fair

The international fair sees the participation of about 60 countries regularly, with a gathering of over 25,000 publishing professionals

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The Pavilion was inaugurated on Tuesday by Information Ministry Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay and Publications Division Director General Sadhana Rout. Wikimedia

With a special focus on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the India Pavilion at the ongoing London Book Fair is displaying the digitised version of the ‘Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ and titles on Indian culture, history and folklore.

An interactive digital media experience on life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, the Statue of Unity, and other major achievements of India are also showcased at the Pavilion, a statement by the Information Ministry said on Wednesday.

A seminar on making the print and electronic versions of ‘The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ will also be organised at the venue, it added.

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A seminar on making the print and electronic versions of ‘The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ will also be organised at the venue, it added. Pixabay

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The Pavilion was inaugurated on Tuesday by Information Ministry Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay and Publications Division Director General Sadhana Rout.

The 48th edition of the fair, being held at the London Olympia, will conclude on Thursday. The international fair sees the participation of about 60 countries regularly, with a gathering of over 25,000 publishing professionals. (IANS)