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EX-SERVICEMAN COMMITS SUICIDE OVER OROP. ARE JAWANS BEING MADE A SCAPEGOAT?

02 November 2016 Written by 
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A 65-year-old retired Armyman from Haryana allegedly killed himself in the capital on Tuesday. He had planned to hand a petition to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar later in the day on the government's One Rank One Pension or OROP scheme.

Subedar Ram Kishen Grewal allegedly had poison on the lawns behind Jawahar Bhawan, a government building in the heart of Delhi that houses the Ministry of External Affairs, on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to a hospital nearby but had died.

The retired subedar from Bhiwani in Haryana had served in the Indian Army for over 30 years. In his petition to Mr Parrikar, Subedar Grewal complained that he had still not received the increased pension promised to him by the government under the OROP scheme it implemented last year.

Sources in Mr Parrikar's office said they had received no request from the Army veteran for an appointment with the minister.

The police said the ex-serviceman was in Delhi with three other people, who said they had no idea that he was contemplating suicide.

Subedar Grewal's family said he called up his youngest son after consuming sulphide tablets. "He called us and said he is committing suicide as the government has failed to fulfil their demands related to OROP," Subedar Grewal's son, Ram Kishan Grewal told news agency ANI.

The ex-serviceman had joined protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi's designated site for protests, to demand changes in OROP. Protesters say four of their primary conditions have not been met by the government.

One Rank One Pension, a longstanding demand of ex-servicemen, grants retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now.

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# Johnny 2016-11-03 01:08
A befitting reply/response to his comments. Absolutely whatever u have brought out over here , no denying g the facts. A big bravo again to u brother. Expected all unite behind someone who wants to and can catch the bullet it's horn, the so called god fellows. The British era mentally is refusing to move away even now. Time is changing, it's high time truly and mentally unite together but not for name or rank sake.
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# Col Jagdeep Singh 2016-11-02 20:53
Strongly disagree with the most misleading question " " Is Jawan being made a scapegoat?" And with the AFVATN view in red at the very end of the article. If only the Officers had the kind of say in matters of pay, allowances, pensions, OROP, CPC, Disability Pension, and military-civil pay equivalence that AFVATN would have al its members believe, then there would be nobody protesting on Jantar Mantar or anywhere else on the streets of India. Soldiers & Veterans are being divided on the basis of Rank & Service to the DETRIMENT of ALL Soldiers & Veterans and to the BENEFIT of the Babus & Netas, who continue to double their salaries at will, while we fight each other. While Soldiers fight the external enemy, Veterans should Unite and fight the internal enemy - Babus & Netas! :D If you cannot fight unitedly , at least, do not play politics over the corpse of a brother-in-arms!
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# N. Mohanarangan 2016-11-02 21:10
Why are you protesting at Jantar Mantar to day is the question. Dear sir, we are not bothered about the Babus or Netas because they were not our superior while in service and even now. With reference to your OROP agitation first of all I would like to know the real meaning of OROP and since when this term OROP is in existence. I myself personally participated for more than 40 days last year. We know even today the GOI has done only bridging the gap and not provided the real OROP. The struggle for OROP started way back in 1976 by men only and due to lack of communication and funds could not continue that time. I am damn sure all these so called God fathers of OROP were all in service holding top ranks. Why they did not do any thing that time? A former COAS sending his daughter with a donation of Rs. 5000/- last year and she gave an emotional speech. Why could not he do when he was COAS? There are so many WHY will arise like this. We do not play politics over the corpse of our veteran brother but we have posted that with all our anger only.
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