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Smt Vandana Sharma

Workshop on Pre-Retirement counselling on ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’

The Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions organized a workshop on Pre-Retirement counselling on ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’. The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare besides dealing with the pension policy of Central Government Employees, has also been trying to ensure a purposeful and dignified life for retiring employees. For this purpose Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshops are organized wherein the retiring employees are counselled on issues regarding steps and precaution to ensure timely payment of their retirement dues, the CGHS/medical facilities available after retirement and other related issues, most important being encouragement to employees to involve themselves in the social activities by using the time and skill available with them.

During the workshop, Smt Vandana Sharma, Joint Secretary (Pensions) said that workshop will not only help in providing information but also assist to deal with next phase of life. She talked about the importance of updating service book record, family details, nominations and leave records. She also gave a brief highlight on Anubhav, saying that the experience of the retired employees should remain with us rather than taking it away with them.

During the workshop, presentations were made on various topics including ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’, CGHS facilities post retirement, Income Tax and other incentives for senior citizens/ pensioners, financial investments and importance of writing of will.

The Workshop provided motivation and guidance to the retiring employees to prepare their Will for smooth transition of their Estates and other assets, as the retiring Government employees get a lump-sum amount by way of gratuity, PF accumulations and commuted value of pension. They were also told about the safe investment options available to them where they could put their financial retirement benefits to meet their future needs.

Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and retiring Central Government Civil employees from various Ministries/Departments and Head of Offices and Head of Departments responsible for processing of pension cases of retiring Government employees participated in the workshop.