Ex-Serviceman Commits Suicide Over OROP Issue; Family Blames Centre

2:21 pm 2 Nov, 2016


In a shocking incident at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, a former serviceman on November 2 committed suicide by consuming poison over the government’s One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.

The former serviceman, who was identified as Ram Kishan Grewal, 65, was a jawan from Bhiwani district in Haryana.

 

In his note, he stated that he was taking this extreme step for the Indian soldiers and their betterment.

Further, his family is blaming the Centre for his death as the government had paid no heed to his demands.

 

In his letter to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Grewal had pointed out that under the OROP scheme, his pension was still low, while that of his former colleagues, who had the same rank as him, had gotten more pension because of few discrepancies.

 



He then pointed out that there were many others soldiers like him who didn’t get a hike in their pension despite the introduction of OROP.

Since, Grewal’s death, the political climate has once again started heating up in Delhi.

While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal via his tweets lashed out at the Centre and PM Modi for “lying” when he spoke about implementing OROP.

 

 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar meanwhile has expressed shock over Grewal’s death and has asked his officials to provide more details.

 


The OROP scheme has been in debate for many years.

Earlier this year, after a long-standing demand, the government had finally passed the scheme after few tweaks, which ensured that a uniform pension is paid to the defence personnel who retire at the same rank, irrespective of their date of retirement.

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