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  •  The All India Pension Adalat was inaugurated on September 18, 2018 by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh in New Delhi.
  • The Pension Adalat, being organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW), is one of the largest exercises for pensioners’ welfare ever undertaken by the Government as part of good governance dedicated to central government pensioners.

Pension Adalats:

  •  The Grievance Portal for the Central Government pensioners is also called CPENGRAMS.
  • The Pension Adalats are being set up with the objective of bringing on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules.
  • Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC):
  •  Besides the Pension Adalat, a Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) was also conducted for the Central Government employees who are about to retire in the next six months.
  • The objective of the PRC Workshop is to create awareness about post-retirement entitlements as well as to educate.
  • Them on advance planning for retirement including medical facilities and participation in voluntary activities after retirement.

Anubhav Awards:

  • Under Anubhav, the retiring employees give an account of their experiences during service.
  • These experiences are an important account for research and resource for administrative reference and thus will help in improving our working.
  •  The Anubhav scheme was instituted at the call of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the year 2015.
  • Till date, more than 5,000 contributions have been made for Anubhavs by Government employees from 91 Departments.

Other reforms for Pensioners:

  •  A number of reforms have been undertaken by the Government to facilitate the pensioners.
  • One of the main initiatives taken was to fix the minimum pension at Rs 1,000.
  • Other initiatives such as Bhavishya, Sankalp, Jeevan Praman-digital life certificates, doing away with the obsolete laws and self-attestation, among others have also been taken.
  • A mechanism has been put in place where pensioner will get PPO on the day of his retirement.
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