Delhi, 9 March: In a major blow to Aam Aadmi Party, the new LG Anil Baijal declined the Delhi govt proposal to give 1 crore compensation to the family of a veteran who committed suicide over OROP.
As per the sources, Baijal rejected the proposal on March 6, cleared by the Delhi cabinet in December last year, which also granted martyr status to Grewal, because the “death did not occur in line of duty, as mandated under the policy”.
“L-G has turned down the file saying that the proposal is not in line with the policy to provide ex-gratia to servicemen. The policy mandates that compensation could be given to servicemen only when the death occurs while discharging the duty. The cabinet proposal clearly states that the retired armyman (Grewal) died by consuming poison and an exception was being made for him. The L-G has clearly mentioned on the file that it is not in sync with the existing policy,” a senior official said.
As per reports of HT, Sources said the proposal was also rejected as the serviceman was neither associated with any service with the Government of NCT of Delhi, nor a resident of the national capital.
“Domicile of any individual being granted with ex-gratia is equally important. The person needs to either be serving with any agency in Delhi at the time of death, or was a resident of Delhi at the time of joining service. In this case, even that does not meet the criteria,” an official added.
Sources said while the L-G rejected the proposal this week, the matter to expedite the file was brought before Baijal by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during an informal meeting last week.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Rs one crore compensation and a job to the family of a 70-year-old ex-serviceman from Haryana, Ram Kishan Grewal.
The ex-army man committed suicide in the national capital in November 3, 2016 demanding immediate implementation of ORO.
Retired Army Subedar Grewal had allegedly committed suicide over non-implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) issue.