Congress us­ing the ex-soldier’s death for gains, says Jait­ley

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: Union fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley on Fri­day hit out at the Congress for al­legedly politi­cis­ing the sui­cide of a exArmy man, say­ing “a po­lit­i­cal party with sink­ing for­tunes should not try to en­cash on the per­sonal tragedy of one per­son”.

Jait­ley said the UPA govern­ment had done lit­tle to im­ple­ment the one rank, one pen­sion (OROP) scheme for exser­vice­men dur­ing its 10-year term which was ev­i­dent from a “mea­gre” al­lo­ca­tion of 550 crore for the scheme.

He said the govern­ment sym­pa­thised with the fam­ily of Ram Kishen Gre­wal but in­sisted that he was draw­ing pen­sion un­der OROP. Jait­ley in­di­cated ad­min­is­tra­tive lapse on the part of the bank for not re­mit­ting the pen­sion he was en­ti­tled to.

“It ob­vi­ously seems to be an ad­min­is­tra­tive lapse. It is not a lapse where the OROP was not granted… Ob­vi­ously, there seems to be some (com­mu­ni­ca­tion) gap…He was given pen­sion for one part of the ser­vice and not for other part which he was le­git­i­mately en­ti­tled to,” Jait­ley said.

He at­tacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for us­ing OROP to score po­lit­i­cal brownie points.

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