Ex-Serviceman Ram Kishan Garehwal protesting at Jantar Mantar committed suicide after leaving a suicide note blaming the delay in the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for his actions.
Garehwal, belonging to Rewari in Haryana, called his family on Tuesday night telling them that he was committing suicide because the government has failed to fulfil their demands related to OROP.
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He allegedly consumed poisonous substance and was rushed to RML Hospital directly from Jantar Mantar but was declared brought dead by doctors.
In his suicide note, Garehwal wrote “People of the same rank are getting more pension than me,” and said that despite promises, the government has not been able to correct the discrepancies in pensions.
“At least the government will wake up (after his suicide),” his note said.
The suicide of the former Army Jawan comes merely days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he had ‘fulfilled’ the OROP promise which had been pending for nearly 40 years.
PM Modi had previously said that as the OROP concerned a value of Rs 10,000 crore, it was not possible for the government to pay in one go, but would instead come in 4 instalments.
According to reports, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would be visiting the family of Garehwal.