Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal had Rs 3.5-lakh loan against his pension account

At the SBI branch in Bhiwani where he drew his Army pension from, there’s another reason that may have added to his frustration — a Rs 3.5-lakh loan that he took against his pension account.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 1:40 pm
OROP, ex-serviceman suicide, OPOP suicide, Ram kishan grewal, post-mortem, post-mortem report, suicide post-mortem, India news, indian express New Delhi: **File** Identity card of 70-year-old ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal who allegedly committed suicide over One Rank, One Pension scheme in New Delhi.PTI Photo(PTI11_2_2016_000288B)

At the centre of the controversy around ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal’s death was his ostensible frustration over what he alleged was the non-implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). At the State Bank of India branch in Bhiwani where he drew his Army pension from, there’s another reason that may have added to his frustration — a Rs 3.5-lakh loan that he took against his pension account.

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It was a loan even his family is unaware of but sources in the Bhiwani SBI branch said Grewal had taken the loan in 2015. “In May last year, Grewal had taken Rs 3.5 lakh loan against his pension account,” said an officer from the bank.

But Grewal’s son Jaswant said he was unaware of his bank transactions or loans. “Neither my brothers nor I know about our father’s transactions in the bank,” he said. Before April, when OROP was implemented, Grewal drew a pension of Rs 21,927 and last month drew a pension of Rs 22,608. According to Jaswant, his father had told him his pension should have increased to around Rs 30,000 “if the government had implemented OROP correctly.”

The SBI branch said claims, made by some officials yesterday, that Grewal’s lower pension was a result of the bank “miscalculating the amount” were wrong.

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Branch Manager Ram Singh told The Indian Express that since April this year Grewal has been paid Rs 22,608. Singh said,” From April he has been paid this amount and there is no chance of any miscalculation. Neither did he orally or, in writing, provided us with any complaint regarding this issue.”

Singh added that calculation of the pension depends on Pension Payment Orders (PPO) sent by the previous employer to the Centralised Pension Processing Cell of State Bank Of India in Panchkula. “The bank disburses the pension according to the PPO issued by the employer and in this case too we have done the same,” said Singh.

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  1. A
    Nov 4, 2016 at 8:11 am
    Dirty politics by congress AAP. lt;br/gt;Looks stage managed a cold blooded murder by his own Son on behest of congress
    1. B
      Nov 4, 2016 at 9:28 am
      These opposition parties are so deranged that they do not even see that their actions are hurting themselves. If they think they are creating problems for Modi then they are living in a dream world. They are only creating chaos in media and a few uneducated who cannot see through the narrative.lt;br/gt;These actions of the fools in the media and opposition will only reinforce the re-election of Modi in 2019. These ignoramous s can fool some for sometime but not all for all the time.
      1. J
        Nov 4, 2016 at 8:10 am
        Absolutely no sympathy for this Congressman who overspent his money, and user his "ex-serviceman" tag to indulge in politics. He received pension for many many years, and by demanding more pension, he commits "suicide" at the age of 65, and the next day the B Wing of the Corrupt Party grants 1 crore to the family. It should be investigated whether the person was killed by the Corrupt Party in collusion with some of his family members. The nation does not respect such individuals.
        1. M
          Nov 4, 2016 at 12:06 am
          Suicide culture should be condemned no matter who does it. This is not a way out to even get justice what to speak of something like this done by a "soldier"!!
          1. G
            Nov 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm
            I think you can join the congress. You have all the markings of becoming a leader like Rahul since you are as dumb witted like him. You need to be sent to the border to until understand what is going on there so that you don't speak volumes of a coward who committed suicide because of getting around 3000 less.
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