An ex-serviceman allegedly committed suicide over the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP) in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to his friends, the veteran had been upset over the OROP issue for some time.
The 70-year-old ex-serviceman, Ram Kishan Grewal, a resident of Haryana, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at a park in New Delhi area yesterday evening.
According to the police, he along with some other ex-servicemen was in the process of submitting a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.
Several ex-servicemen have been protesting over the OROP scheme introduced by the government.
The policy of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) for the armed forces, aiming at pension parity for the retired soldiers, was rolled-out last year but several war veterans and ex-servicemen were unhappy with the provisions, even though they had welcomed the government rolling out the OROP policy.
The striking veterans, though had called off their hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, but some of them been on agitation since then.
During one of the protests, several ex-servicemen had even returned their medals.
Earlier this week, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had lauded his own government saying they have been the first regime to implement this scheme unlike others who merely paid “lip service” to the issue.
“No one did anything for OROP for 43 years, but only talked about it. OROP is an issue of 43 years. All others who are talking (on OROP) are only talking and they have been talking for 43 years. It is not a demand of last year… This government has fulfilled it,” he said.
More than Rs 5,500 crore have been disbursed by the Centre for implementing the OROP scheme, Parrikar had told.
(With inputs from the PTI)