Ralegan Siddhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced that he would go on indefinite hunger strike from 2nd October over Land Acquisition Bill and One Rank, One Pension (OROP) in Delhi.
“I will launch the fast at Ramlila ground in Delhi on October 2,” Hazare, who recently wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the both issues, told reporters at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district.
The veteran anti-corruption activist has already voiced his opposition against the contentious land bill.
Hazare had earlier this year written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him not to pass the new ordinance on the legislation. In the letter to Modi, Hazare said, “We have to take care of our soldiers and farmers. Making hollow announcements for their welfare and actually implementing them are different things.” In a democracy, the government should listen to woes of the people and redress them, he said. “I wish to reiterate that my agitation is not political,” the anti-corruption
crusader’s letter stated.
The septuagenarian Gandhian, meanwhile, today met former defence officials at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district and discussed ways in which the OROP issue could be taken up with the government.
Hazare recently said the BJP-led government at the Centre had not shown as much interest towards the implementation of the OROP scheme as it has shown towards the passing of the Land Acquisition Bill, adding that the jawans retired from the Armed forces deserved to lead a dignified life.
Since June 15, ex-servicemen have been sitting on a relay hunger strike on the issue at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital.
Ex-servicemen are demanding that the government give them a definite date for implementation of the OROP. They have also demanded that the nature of the scheme should not be changed.
Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations in force at the time of their retirement.
This leads to difference in pensions of officers of the same rank who retire on different dates.