Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has the courage and conviction to break the taboos of the past. Prime Minister went beyond the rulebook to do away with almost 2,000 obsolete rules, Dr Jitendra Singh said today.
PM Modi has also initiated a series of administrative reforms with the extensive use of technology to create an enabling environment, he said.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said this while addressing the 52nd Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) Workshop in New Delhi.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister has the courage and conviction to break the taboos of the past. Prime Minister went beyond the rulebook to do away with almost 2,000 obsolete rules.
“Rules such as denial of pension if an employee rendered less than 10 years of service, missing employees denied entitled benefits till seven years have passed, dependent divorcee daughters not granted pension benefits, all such obstructionist rules were scrapped,” he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, administrative initiatives under the leadership of PM Modi, such as the Pre-Retirement Counselling workshops, Anubhav Awards and Pension Adalat have ensured timely disbursal of pensionary benefits to the large number of retiring employees every year, he said.
“Ease of Living was made possible for the retired employees by first introducing Digital Life Certificate for continuation of pension and now Face Recognition Technology has been introduced for DLC. Bhavishya portal, Digilocker, CPENGRAMS exclusively for Pensioners have been launched to facilitate retiring and retired employees,” he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, PRC Workshops have been made comprehensive and integrated with all concerned Departments including Pension disbursing banks, CGHS and SCOVA meetings institutionalised with Pensioners Associations, reflecting the ‘Whole of Government’ approach.
Stating that today there are three crore pensioners, more than the working employees, Dr Jitendra Singh said, they constitute a resource pool who will help achieve the goal of Viksit Bharat@2047.
“When India celebrates its centenary of Independence, the youth will shape the Viksit Bharat@2047, along with valuable support by a growing population of veterans,” he said.
Secretary, DoP&PW & Secretary, DARPG, Shri V. Srinivas; DG, CGHS, Smt. Roli Singh; CGDA, Ministry of Defence, Shri SG Dastidar; and CGM, SBI, Ms Shalini Kacker also spoke on the occasion.