Dr Jitendra convenes ‘Pension Adalat’, addresses 225 locations across country

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressing the All India ‘Pension Adalat’ convened by him, at New Delhi on Thursday.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressing the All India ‘Pension Adalat’ convened by him, at New Delhi on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 5: After his return from the Germany visit, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today convened All India “Pension Adalat” at the national capital and simultaneously also virtually addressed 225 locations across the country wherein he interacted with officials of different departments and other stake holders.
In his address, the Minister said, the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has introduced a number of path breaking reforms including relaxation in the provision of Family Pension for divorced daughters and Divyangs, introduction of Face Recognition Technology through mobile app for ease in submitting Life Certificate by elderly pensioners, Electronic Pension Pay Order, assistance from Postal Department to facilitate pension process etc.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that steps like extension of Family Pension to differently abled child of a deceased Government employee/ Pensioner or giving a major hike in the Family Pension emoluments for Divyang children of a deceased government servant/pensioner are not only pension reforms but these are social reforms having wide implications.
Dr Jitendra Singh emphasised that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government follows the Mantra of Good Governance for bringing “Ease of Living” to the common man. He said, under guidance of Mr Modi, out of box ideas and solutions are being devised for the well-being of pensioners. He said, the purpose of Pension Adalat is to resolve the grievances of beneficiaries in a prompt manner as well as to learn the procedural bottlenecks in disbursal of benefits.
Dr Jitendra Singh directed the senior officials of the Department to come out with a comprehensive “Manual for Pensioners” based on the feedback received from all the Central Ministries/Departments and Subordinate Offices for bringing further ease to pensioners. In the Pension Adalat, the Minister today randomly interacted and obtained feedback from the Pensioners, Staff and Officers dealing with the cases in Delhi and about 225 locations across the country. Over 1,000 cases are listed today for the resolution and the Department is giving special preference to cases pertaining to family pensioners and super senior pensioners aged 80 years and above.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Pension Adalat initiative was started in 2017 by the Department which is leveraging technology for speedy resolution of Pensioners’ grievances. The model adopted is that all stakeholders to a particular grievance are invited on a common platform and the case is resolved as per extant policy. He informed that since 2017, some 22,494 pensioners’ grievances have been taken up and 16,061 matters resolved on the spot.
Dr Jitendra Singh in his concluding remarks said that the primary objective of the exercise is to provide “Ease of Living” to the Pensioners and to prevent litigation which involves financial stress to the pensioner as well to the Government and at the same time is a very lengthy process. It also creates an All-India impact and convey a message to all the Ministries/Departments/Organizations the importance this Government attaches to Pensioners’ individual grievances, the Minister added.