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New Delhi : Union Minister of State (I/C) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh on November 10, 2020, said that  under the able leadership of Prime Mininster Shri Narendra Modi, the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) is trying to make the pensioners “Atamnirbhar” by promoting the Digital Life Certificate for pensioners which can be given from the comfort of one’s home also.

Earlier due to difficulties faced by the pensioners in submitting the Life Certificate because of  Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has relaxed the existing timeline for submission of Life Certificate from November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, Dr Singh said.

Addressing an  interactive session of Bhrahma Kumari Sister Shivani on “Power of Thoughts and Meditation in Covid-19 pandemic” organised by DoPPW here, Dr Singh said that the Pensioners as senior citizens being the most vulnerable group in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic need a helping hand and compassionate ears in addition to medical care and such programmes will help them tackle their mental stress level thus protecting them from physical illness as well, according to a PIB release

Appreciating the style of Bhrahma Kumari Sister Shivani in making her point, Dr Singh said that senior citizens always have lot to offer to the society and their valuable experiences can bring changes to the society. The key to happiness is being greatful for all that we have and to be self content which is enshrined in all ancient scriptures and now it has also  been acknowledged by science  that mental and emotional well being leads to better physical health and immunity against diseases, he said.

Endorsing the thoughts on building positivity in life given by Bhrahma Kumari Sister Shivani in her address, the Minister said that life style modifications are must in this period of Covid-19 Pandemic as  one should liberate oneself from nagging thoughts. He said that though the average life span has increased in India in recent years  but one should add life to the years and not years to the life.

Earlier addressing the programme, Bhrahma Kumari Sister Shivani called for keeping oneself  energised with positive thoughts in this period of Covid-19 pandemic and make the others energised like a well lit Diya giving energy to the other Diyas. Through their sanskars, they can take care of not only their own emotional well being but  also contribute to emotional strength of everyone else at home and in society as they are the givers of unconditional emotional support, stability, hope and love to all younger members of their family and society at large, she added.

This programme was aimed at sensitising senior pensioner on mental well being during Corona pandemic.