New Delhi: An ex-armyman in the National Capital committed suicide on Wednesday allegedly over the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.

Ram Kishan Garehwal, an ex-armyman who was among the many protesting at Jantar Mantar for the implementation of OROP, committed suicide after calling his son on the phone.

The One Rank One Pension has been a longstanding demand of the Indian armed forces and veterans which calls for same pension for same rank irregardless of length of service and date of retirement. The demand for pay-pension equity, which underlies the OROP concept, was provoked by the exparte decision by the Indira Gandhi-led Indian National Congress (INC) government, in 1973, two years after the historic victory in the 1971 Bangladesh war, and shortly after Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw retired, to decrease armed forces pensions by 20–40 percent, and increase civilian pensions by 20 percent, without consultation with armed forces headquarters

“He called us and informed he is committing suicide as the government has failed to fulfill their demands related to OROP,” the song of Ram Kishan Garehwal said.

 

 

 

 

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had earlier written an open letter to Prime Minister Modi stating that the decisions taken by the Centre has adversely affected the armed forces.

“As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people. I therefore urge you Prime Minister to ensure that our soldiers get their due whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees,” the Congress scion said.

Retired army personnel are still protesting over the implementation OROP in New Delhi. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting the family of Garehwal. 

 

 

First Published | 2 November 2016 9:30 AM
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