New Delhi: Extending his support to the ex-servicemen protesting at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani expressed his concern over the delay in the implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension', saying PM Narendra Modi had “failed his dream”.
Joining the ex-servicemen's protest at Jantar Mantar on 78th day, Jethmalani added his voice to the growing chorus demanding the implementation of 'One Rank One Pension' and slammed the Modi government for not fulfilling the demands.
“I am ashamed to say that Modi has completely frustrated my dream of him,” the ANI quoted Ram Jethmalani as saying at OROP protest in New Delhi.
“The politicians unfortunately have let down the entire nation,” said Ram Jethmalani, adding, “I feel ashamed in saying I'm a politician too, but I'm not one of those politicians who will forget their friends & people of nation”.
Venting out his disappointments, Ramjethmalani added how he was ousted out of the BJP in spite of being one of the founders of the BJP, the ANI reported.
The ongoing protest at the Jantar Mantar for OROP has entered its 78th day today.
Yesterday, a 70-year-old Army veteran, who was on a relay hunger strike here as part of agitation by veterans for early implementation of 'One Rank One Pension', collapsed on stage.
Havildar Bal Singh was rushed to the Army Research and Referral hospital after his health took a turn for the worst and he fainted. Veterans said his condition is stable now.
The incident happened a day after the ex-servicemen wrote a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, stating that he and the government will be held responsible if any untoward incident happened.
The government had last night said that it had "significantly narrowed down gaps" with the agitating veterans but held out no concrete assurances over the vexed issue.
Close to 22 lakh retired servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when he or she has retired.
With Agency Inputs