Why in news?
=>The government inaugurated the All India Pension Adalat in New Delhi. The Pension Adalat, being organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW), will be one of the largest exercises for Pensioners’ Welfare ever undertaken by the Government as part of Good Governance dedicated to Central Government Pensioners.
What purpose it will serve?
=>It is a unique effort wherein on a single day all the Central Government Ministries would be conducting their respective Pension Adalats in which on-the-spot resolution would be provided across the table to the grievance holder.
=>All the stakeholders of the pensioner’s case viz. the Department, Pay and Account Officer, the concerned Bank, along with the pensioner or his representative, will settle the grievance within the framework of extant rules. This is a great reformative measure to get the grievances resolved in the quickest possible way by avoiding unnecessary recourse by the pensioners to Courts.
=>The Pension Adalats are being convened with the objective of bringing on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant, so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules.
=>It is expected that this measure will resolve issues of thousands of pensioners in one day, in a single sitting across the country. In addition to the Central Ministries, the Offices of Accountant General would be separately addressing the Pensioner grievances of All-India Service officers, in all the states across the country.
Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC):
=>Besides the Pension Adalat, a Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) is also scheduled for the Central Government employees who are about to retire in the next six months. 600 retiring Central Government employees will participate in this PRC out of which a significant number will also be from the Central Armed Police Forces.
=>The objective of the PRC Workshop is to create awareness about post-retirement entitlements as well as to educate them on advance planning for retirement including medical facilities and participation in voluntary activities after retirement.
Anubhav awards 2017:
=>The Anubhav scheme had been instituted on the call of Prime Minister to encourage retiring/retired employees to submit their experiences while working in the government with the objective to create an institutional wealth for the government for future governance as well as to enthuse and inspire the future generations of government officials in their respective assignments.
=>The Anubhav awards 2017 were also presented to 16 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments.
=>Under Anubhav, the retiring employees give an account of their experiences during service. These experiences are of great help to the Government and will become an important account for research and resource for administrative reference and thus will help in improving working.
=>A Mobile App was also launched that has been created to avail the services of Pensioners Portal. The Mobile App for Pensioners Portal is an initiative of moving from e-governance to m-governance.
=>The Mobile App will extend all the services meant for the pensioner, which are currently available on the =>Pensioners Portal of the department, to the mobile handset.
The Pensions Portals features include Personalised Pension Process Road Map, Bhavishya, Pension calculator, CPENGRAMS and What is New.
=>A pensioner can avail various services on it such as checking the date of credit of his first pension, action taken, calculating the commuted pension and giving feedback. Under What is New, the new orders issued by the department will be available.
Government initiatives for pensioners:
=>The one of the main initiatives taken was to fix the minimum pension at Rs 1,000.
=>The other initiatives such as Bhavishya, Sankalp, Jeevan Praman-digital life certificates, doing away with the obsolete laws and self attestation, among others have also been taken.
=>A mechanism has been put in place where pensioner will get PPO on the day of his retirement.
=>The aim of the department is to provide a life to dignity to the pensioners post-retirement. He said that the pension and gratuity amount has also increased considerably.
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