NEW DELHI: An ex-serviceman, participating in the relay hunger strike over One Rank One Pension here, was on Saturday hospitalised after his health condition deteriorated. He is the fifth Army veteran to be hospitalised.
The Centre had on Friday said, “some more time” would be required to roll out the One Rank One Pension scheme as “small gaps were being filled”.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “In principle, the Prime Minister had on August 15 (Independence Day Address) given his approval. Now, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is directly involved... Then, asking us to do it in these many days will not help. All efforts are being made to resolve the issue.” Close to 22 lakh retired servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme.