The reason for the suicide of ex-serviceman Shri Ram Kishan Grewal is out. He had not been receiving the revised pension as per the new One Rank One Pension (OROP). This was due to problems in calculation by his bank. His case could have been resolved amicably if he had directly approached the government, sources said.
Sources firmly stated that the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Grewal called for thorough investigation. Earlier today, Grewal took his life by consuming poison. A probe is also needed to figure out who was with him when he took the extreme step and also who provided the poison.
It also needs to be ascertained if anybody may have taken advantage of his “troubled mind to provoke him to take the extreme step”.
Grewal was entitled to OROP and all the clearances had been made from the Centre’s side. But the problems at the bank caused the delay in his due payments. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought details of the incident from the department of ex-servicemen welfare.
“Saddened by the death of Subedar Ram Kishen Grewal. I express my heartfelt condolences. I have asked officials to provide me with details,” Parrikar tweeted.
Earlier today, Parrikar emphasised that 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, Parrikar said there were 20,63,763 beneficiaries before July 2014 and that 19,12,520 pensioners have been paid the first instalment and 1,50,313 cases are pending verification and authentication of beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, a massive political storm has broken out over Grewal’s death as parties are joining forces to come down heavily on the Centre over the delay in the implementation of OROP.
May god bless the departed soul!