NEW DELHI, Aug 23: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today held Video conference with Pensioners across the country,sitting in different cities, during the day-long All India Pension Adalat, organized by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.
The various cities and State capitals from where the pensioners interacted with Dr Jitendra Singh included Chandigarh, Trivandrum, Bengaluru, etc. This was part of the first 100 days’ agenda of the Modi Government 2.0.
Pertinent to mention that the concept of Pension Adalats was started two years back, with a keen follow-up by Dr Jitendra Singh, and the concept was motivated by an increasing number of complaints and grievances received from pensioners from across the country, which took a long time for redressal because of the several procedures involved.
The purpose of the Pension Adalat, said Dr Jitendra Singh, was to give relief to thousands of pensioners in a single day, in a single sitting. He said, he has suggested to the Department to carry forward this initiative and hold similar Pension Adalats at the regional level as well, in different parts of the country. He also suggested that the newly created Dashboard should be utilized to the maximum extent for resolving cases within a specified time.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the government is conscious of the ever-increasing number of pensioners in the country and since the average life-span is also on the increase, emphasis is being laid on pre-retirement counselling for the superannuating officials, who at the time of superannuation are usually at the prime of their expertise and experience.
Dr Jitendra Singh also referred to some of the new initiatives undertaken during the Modi Government, which include the introduction of Digital Life Certificate for the benefit of elderly and aging pensioners who can furnish it while sitting at home. He also referred to government’s commitment, to review and regulate the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
In addition, he also referred to the introduction of “Anubhav” initiative, wherein retiring officers and officials are expected to leave behind a brief note based on their observations and experience during their years of service.