Ex-armyman who committed suicide was OROP recipient: Defence Ministry

However, Ministry sources said Grewal had received a lesser amount as part of the One Rank-One Pension scheme under the 6th pay commission due to an error in calculation the bank.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 2:13 pm
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Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who allegedly committed suicide over OROP, was one of the recipients of benefits under the revised pension scheme, Defence Ministry sources said today as his death sent political temperature soaring in the national capital.

However, Ministry sources said Grewal had received a lesser amount as part of the One Rank-One Pension scheme under the 6th pay commission due to an error in calculation by the SBI bank branch in Bhiwani district of Haryana, a matter which was being looked into.

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They said the deceased former soldier had not sought an appointment with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar either at his office or home.

Meanwhile, Parrikar today asserted the government was committed to the welfare of ex-servicemen and said a total of Rs 5,507.47 crore has been disbursed under the scheme.

Giving details of the OROP implementation so far, Parrikar said there were 20,63,763 beneficiaries before July 2014.

He said 19,12,520 pensioners have been paid the first instalment and 1,50,313 cases are pending verification and authentication of beneficiaries.

Tweeting the details of the OROP, Parrikar said Rs 3886.88 crore had been disbursed as the first instalment. He said 11,33,100 people have received the second instalment of Rs 1,604.59 crore has been disbursed.

“Government is committed to ex-servicemen’s welfare,” he said.

Meanwhile, the group of ex-servicemen, which has been leading the protest at Jantar Mantar over OROP, distanced itself from Grewal’s suicide and said the issue should not be politicised.

They also said all politicians, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has tweeted on the issue, should stay away and the government should sort out the OROP “mess”.

“The suicide did not take place at Jantar Mantar. His friends had informed the police about the suicide bid but it was too late. He was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital from where they wanted to bring the body to Jantar Mantar, which we refused,” Col Anil Kaul (Retd), media advisor to United Front of Ex-Servicemen Movement (UFESM), told PTI.

He said the group did not believe in violence.

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  1. A
    Nov 2, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    It could be they were sending him to the border against his will to fight the PAK army and he didn't want to go.
    1. K
      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm
      The ministry added that he was "Not even an ex-service men".
      1. M
        Nov 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm
        Congress and APP Ka nanga dance about rokana padega.. Govt must think and get serious..
        1. Virendra Sason
          Nov 4, 2016 at 5:12 pm
          May God rest the soul in heaven! and Give patient to bereaved family. lt;br/gt;Report based as on 1st December 2015.lt;br/gt;क्या रिटायर्ड फौजी भाई Rs 1,65,000 crore का हक़ छोड़ चुके है? क्या अब भी OROP in true sprit में नहीं दिया जा रहा है?lt;br/gt;1..1973,1986,1996 व 2006 पूर्व का जवान Approx Rs 6000-9000/ (including DA) तथा आज का जवान Approx Rs16000-20000/(including DA) पेंशन ले रहा है अंतर 8 to 12 हजार प्रति माह है।lt;br/gt;२..एक साल का फ़र्क़ एक लाख प्रति वर्ष का है। यदि सभी 25 लाख को जवान ही मान ले तो 25 लाख * 1 लाख = 25000 करोड़ प्रति वर्ष।lt;br/gt;3..2006 to 2015 का arear 25000*10/2 = Rs 125000 Crorelt;br/gt;4..1996 to 2005 का arear approximately = Rs 30000 Crorelt;br/gt;5.. 1986 to 1995 का arear approximately = Rs 7000 Crorelt;br/gt;6.. 1973 to 1985 का arear approximately = Rs 3000 Crorelt;br/gt; In all Expenditure approximately =Rs 165,000 Crore
          1. A
            Nov 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm
            This is again Babu Speak from MoD. MoD bureaucrats got caught lying in the rank parity issue, they fudged the 7 pay commission, and OROP. NOw they lie again. They will get a tight slap from the Armed Forces one of these days, which Modi will not be able to prevent.
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