Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 9 Nov 16,Tensions rise
The recent suicide by a retired army man, Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, due to his increased One Rank One Pension (OROP) not being received from the Indian government, and the protests by political parties for their own advantage, are the latest developments from New Delhi, India (‘Protests after retired army-man commits suicide over pensions’, Gulf News, November 3).
Despite the earlier announcement from the government, the increase for OROP is not being implemented, and this is widely considered one of the main reasons for protests. However, I don’t think this can be taken as the main cause. Implementation issues may be due to administrative delays and political parties cannot blame the government. The decision taken by Grewal was unfortunate. I pray for the departed man and the grieving family members.
From Mr K. Ragavan