Published On: Tue, Sep 22nd, 2015

‘Pensioners are retired, not tired’, we need to utilise their capabilities: Centre

New Delhi: The central government on Monday said the ‘pensioners are retired, not tired’ and the government needs to utilise capabilities of pensioners for various nation building efforts.

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh addressing  Monday a day-long training programme for representative of different ministries on pension related matters in New Delhi.

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh addressing Monday a day-long training programme for representative of different ministries on pension related matters in New Delhi.

Addressing a day-long training programme for representative of different ministries on pension related matters in New Delhi, Jitendra Singh, minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions said, the lifespan and the status of health among the elderly had improved over the last few years.

He said majority of pensioners who retire at the age of 58 or 60 years were still in the prime of their health, physical as well as mental performance.

“They are, in other words ‘retired but not tired. The challenge for the society is how best to utilise the services of this experienced and qualified lot so that their talent and capabilities do not go waste and are not lost to the nation,” he added.

He also said the government is working on a more organized single window pension system to ensure that a pensioner during the last year of his service does not have to run around to collect ‘No Due Certificates’ and thus waste his time and energy which he can otherwise devote to the service of the government and the nation.

Singh referred to a number of other pending issues requiring attention including disparity in implementation of pension benefits of Sixth Pay Commission, among others.

The Department of Pensions will devise a mechanism whereby the pensioners will find representation in the government’s decision making with regard to their matters, the Minister said.

On the one hand while India is having more than 65 per cent of its population under the age of 35 years and on the other hand the number of elderly population is also on the increase. “A ‘Samanvay’ (coordination) between these two groups is essential to achieve the goal of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’,” he said.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners.

TST

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