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'Old, disabled retirees should get pension at doorstep'

PTI  New Delhi, June 13, 2014
First Published: 16:46 IST(13/6/2014) | Last Updated: 16:49 IST(13/6/2014)
Pension woes of old and disabled retired employees may become a thing of past as the government is trying to ensure delivery of pension funds at their doorstep besides ensuring that pension payment order is handed over on the retirement day itself.
 
The department of pension and pensioner's welfare is working on this front with the vision of ensuring a life of dignity for pensioners, minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Jitendra Singh said.
 
"The goal is to ensure 100% payment of all retirement dues and the delivery of pension payment order to retiring employees on the day of retirement itself," Singh said at the first interactive conference with state secretaries (pension) here yesterday.
 
The minister also said that for old and disabled pensioners, there should be "a mechanism for delivering pension at the doorstep," according to an official release.
 
Invoking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mantra of 'skills, scale and speed', Singh said the department of pension should look into the urgent need to utilise the skill and experience of the pensioners for the betterment of the society.
 
"This was specially necessary in view of the increase in the number of retiring employees and increased life span," he said.
 
The minister suggested that pre-retirement counselling workshops, which are being institutionalised by the department of pensions for the central government retiring employees, should also be organised by the state governments for its employees.
 
"Workshops should also be geared to prepare even the younger employees to be ready to face life after retirement," he said.

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