Government to help retiring employees find future avenues: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: In a unique initiative, the Modi Government has decided to help its retiring employees to find future avenues in order to keep themselves gainfully engaged after superannuation.

This was stated here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, while addressing an interactive programme between retiring government officials and noted NGOs, organized as a part of the recently introduced "Sankalp" initiative by the Department of Administrative Reforms, Pensions and Public Grievances, Union Ministry of Personnel.

With increasing life expectancy, Dr Jitendra Singh said, invariably an active span of life lies ahead of a government employee retiring at 60 years of age, particularly when he is at the prime of his capacity, expertise and energy. Retirement should therefore be viewed as the beginning of a new innings and possibility of discovering new avenues of engagement, he said.

Instead of letting go the remaining years of active life in non-productive activity, Dr Jitendra Singh said, these senior individuals can be engaged to carry forward some of the most progressive, path-breaking and revolutionary flagship programmes introduced in recent years by the Modi Government. The interactive programme organized today, he said, was also meant to generate new ideas and discover optimum aptitudes of each retiring employee, wherein he could constructively contribute and at the same time feel contented.

In today's programme, over 40 nationally known NGOs of proven credibility interacted with the retiring employees so as to offer them varied alternatives to keep themselves gainfully engaged after superannuation. These NGOs were drawn from different areas of activity, including education, literacy, child care ,environment, "Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana" outlets, care of ailing and cancer children, health, environment, art, culture, etc.

Dr Jitendra Singh credited the Modi Government for having enhanced the minimum pension of its retired employees to Rs.1000/- and made the task of handling pension issues easier by launching a portal app. He also disclosed that nearly 93% pension accounts of the Central Government employees have been seeded with Aadhaar number thus enabling them to submit "Jeewan Pramaan" online from home itself.


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