Source: News Bharati English13 Jan 2017 09:30:58

New Delhi, January 13: There is good news as central government employees will get minimum pension of Rs.9000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday during the 29th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA).

Jitendra Singh said that “almost 88% of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country. Minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs10-15 lakh to Rs25-35 lakh.”

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The SCOVA meeting was organized by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that there is a need to put in place an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario.

Retired class of employees is healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. Jitendra Singh said that“We should learn from the pensioners’ experience.”

Pension Payment Orders of Pre-2006 pensioners, health insurance scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-Central Government Health Service (CGHS) area and special higher family pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, etc. were the issues discussed in the SCOVA meet. The meeting was attended by the member of pensioners associations and senior officers of the important departments of the central government.