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New Delhi : The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh on September 18, 2018, inaugurated here the ‘Pension Adalat’ 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 to creating institutional memory for the departments. On the occasion, Dr 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, according to a PIB release.

Inaugurating the All India Pension Adalat,  Dr Singh said that Pension Adalats will help in on-the-spot redressal of pensioners’ grievances. This has given the right of “Ease of Living” to the pensioners, he added. He said that PM Narendra Modi has directed that Pensioners be provided a hassle-free administrative system to resolve their grievances. Dr Singh also appealed to the States to implement the Good Governance measures taken by the Central Government.

Speaking about the benefits of the Grievance Portal for the Central Government pensioners called CPENGRAMS, the Minister said that we have saved huge resources and precious time of the people by using the technology. The Minister said that a number of reforms have been undertaken by the Government to facilitate the pensioners. Highlighting the initiatives of the Government, Dr Singh said that one of the main initiatives taken was to fix the minimum pension at Rs 1,000. He said that 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. He said that a mechanism has been put in place where pensioner will get PPO on the day of his retirement. The pensioners should re-orient themselves to a new beginning, the Minister said.

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