State Bank of India (SBI) has denied the allegations of under-calculating due pension of late ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal. The chief of the SBI’s Ghanta Ghar branch in Bhiwani (Haryana) explained that the bank disburses pensions in accordance with the pension payment orders (PPOs) issued by the former employers of the retired staff and it has no role in its calculation.
With the suicide of Grewal allegedly in protest against the delay in implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, a report of his miscalculated pension fueled the fire flaming high since the incident. In an interaction with India Today TV, the chief has trashed the claims of government that Grewal should have been receiving a pension of Rs 28,000 but due to some miscalculation by the bank he had been receiving Rs 5,000 less than his official monthly pension. “It is none of the bank’s fault. Banks cannot be faulted in such cases at all. Our bank made the payment in accordance with the PPO. It is the department concerned that issues the PPO,” he said.
Asked whether the ministry officials try to save themselves and blamed the bank?, he quipped that it is “up to you to judge”.
Meanwhile, body of Grewal has been taken to his hometown in Haryana after a post-mortem was conducted at Lady Hardinge Hospital to perform his last rite today. As per the reports, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting his grieving family in Bhiwani.