• The 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 inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat.
• It is organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
• He also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2018 to six pensioners for their contribution towards creating an institutional memory for the departments.
• Dr Jitendra Singh also launched a booklet—“An era of sustained reforms for Central Government Pensioners” enumerating simplification of rules and steps initiated to strengthen the Grievance Portal and make it user-friendly.
Significance of Pension Adalats
• Pension Adalats will help in on-the-spot redressal of pensioners’ grievances.
• This has given the right of “Ease of Living” to the pensioners.
• Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has directed that Pensioners be provided with a hassle-free administrative system to resolve their grievances.
• Dr. Jitendra Singh also appealed to the States to implement the Good Governance measures taken by the Central Government.
Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC)
• The Pension Adalat, a Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) was also conducted for the Central Government employees who are about to retire in the next six months.
• 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.
• Under Anubhav Awards, the retiring employees give an account of their experiences during service.
• It is an important account for research and resource for administrative reference and thus will help in improving our working.
• The Anubhav scheme was instituted at the call of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the year 2015.
• Till date, more than 5,000 contributions have been made for Anubhavs by Government employees from 91 Departments.
Other reforms for Pensioners
• A number of reforms have been undertaken by the Government to facilitate the pensioners.
• One of the main initiatives taken was to fix the minimum pension at Rs 1,000.
• 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.
Mains Paper 2: Governance | Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre & States & the performance of these schemes
Prelims level: Various initiatives for Pensions mentioned in the newscard
Mains level: Post-retirement security initiatives for pensioners welfare.