Following the alleged suicide of ex-serviceman Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, citing government’s failure to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on behalf of the Narendra Modi-led central government, had today released the status of the OROP implementation as on September, 2016.
As the alleged suicide of the former serviceman got politicised, with several opposition leaders and their followers been detained for protesting outside the hospital where the deceased body is kept for post mortem, the Defence Minister asserted that the central government is committed to ex-servicemen welfare.
OROP implementation status as on September, 2016. Govt. is committed to ex-servicemen welfare. https://t.co/jc9eJgRmYA pic.twitter.com/HTI9qOZJgX
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 2, 2016
Days back, Parrikar said that the Narendra Modi government is the first to implement the OROP scheme while others failed to even act on it. The union minister claimed that the government had already dibursed Rs 5,500 crore for the implementation of the scheme and the annual cost will be around Rs 7,500 crore, which will be benefitial for at least 20,69,000 ex-servicemen around the country.
Ex-serviceman Subedar Ram Kisan Grewal, who had come to the city to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry on the issues relating One Ran One Pension (OROP), had today, allegedly committed suicide, consuming poison. In a letter, before his death, Grewal had apparently pleaded to the government for the implementation of OROP.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other opposition leaders and their followers were detained for protesting and trying to visit the hospital in which the body of the deceased ex-serviceman was kept for post mortem.