Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) Held
Sankalp Pilot Project Launched to Channelise Skill and Experience of Pensioners
Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Shri V. Narayanasamy has said that with increasing life expectancy, government servants when they retire have a number of years of active service left and therefore, the Department, has launched a programme called ‘Sankalp’ to channelize skill and experience of pensioners into socially useful and constructive work. This would be taken up on a pilot basis initially for 500 pensioners. Addressing the 24th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) in New Delhi, Shri Narayanasamy said that an Online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System called ‘Bhavishya’ has been launched to track the progress of sanction of pension and other retirement benefits. This would benefit individual pensioners as well as administrative authorities. Due to rigorous monitoring, the Department has been able to dispose off 22,498 pension related grievances during the year which resulted in bringing down the pendency to 6,882 as on 31.12.2013, bringing relief to a large number of pensioners. The address by the MOS(PP) was followed by an interactive session with the representatives of the Pensioners Associations .