Ex-servicemen who have been on a hunger strike, finally called it off on Sunday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reassured them of implementing the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.
Several veteran military persons were on a fast-unto-death at the national capital's Jantar Mantar in demand of OROP.
Having received the assurance from Modi, the ex-servicemen gave up the strike and celebrated by feeding sweets to each other.
They also raised slogans like "Sadda haq aithe rakh" (It's our right, keep it here) after ending their hunger strike.
The primary demand of the protesters was the grant of uniform pension to all the retired armed forces personnel, who served for the same period of time with the same rank, without considering the date of retirement. Grant of OROP is likely to benefit not only the ex-servicemen but also the widows of the defence personnel.
"We have ended our fast unto death, but if government does not fulfil its promise, we are going to come back like a hurricane," ANI quoted Major General (retd), Satbir Singh, who has been leading the protest in regard to OROP.
Although, the government announced OROP on Saturday itself but the veteran protestors were apparently not very happy with the announcement.
Representing the entire group of ex-servicemen, Satbir Singh raised four issues and demanded an assurance from the government.
"We have asked the government to look into four issues including equalisation of pension every year instead of after five years and expanding judicial commission which would comprise five members instead of one," Zee News quoted Satbir Singh as saying.
Nevertheless, Modi's reassurance brought an end to the hunger strike of the protesting ex-servicemen who celebrated the same by raising slogans.