New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (Donor), Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here today that the recently implemented electronic “pension” The Payment Order ”(PPO) will ease the living of senior citizens. Referring to some of the pioneering reforms recently implemented by the Ministry of Personnel, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Pensions in the Ministry of Personnel often had to hear complaints from senior citizens that original copies of their pension payment orders were often misplaced. He said that in such situations pensioners, especially older pensioners, had to face a variety of difficulties.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on digitalization, said that there has been rapid progress in this direction in the last six years, and many Ministries and Departments in the Government of India where around 80 even before the onset of the Covid epidemic. Percentage works were done through the e-office. He congratulated the pension department officials, who successfully implemented the provision of electronic “pension payment orders” during the Covid epidemic. This turned out to be a boon for many retired officers who retired during the lockdown period and who were facing difficulty in obtaining hard copies of their PPOs in person. It is noteworthy that in view of the difficulties faced by pensioners during the epidemic, the entire process was completed before the targeted deadline.
Accordingly, the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare decided to consolidate the electronic PPO generated through the PFMS application of CGA (Comptroller and Auditor General) with Digi-Locker. This enables the pensioner to get an instant printout of the latest copy of his PPO from the Digi-Locker account.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that many reforms have been implemented to facilitate and facilitate the livelihood of pensioners, whose population is increasing day by day due to an increase in lifespan and better health status. He said that these include pre-retirement workshops and consultancy sessions and support in living in a meaningful way in the post-retirement phase of life so that the energy, expertise, and experiences of senior citizens can be used for the purpose of serving society and nation-building.