Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is there an innovative idea on how to engage 50,000 government personnel who retire every year?

IN PENSIONERS' portal, a government of India website, one can post innovative ideas to help the department of pension and pensioners’ welfare to perform better and with more transparency. But are there any thoughts on how to meaningfully engage 50,000 government officials from central ministries and departments who retire every year? In January this year, i.e. four months before the new government came to power, a number of secretaries, social entrepreneurs…
and representatives from state and Central training institutes brainstormed on innovative ideas where this issue cropped up.
The proceedings of the two-day meet held at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe on January 14 and 15, 2014, show that joint secretary (pension) Ms Vandana Sharma forcefully took up the problems of this huge pool of government officials, adding that her department had already taken some initiatives to engage them.
Talking about the need to have a mind-set change in government, joint secretary Ms Sharma said: “Those (retired) officials do carry certain skill sets, which can be used for the betterment of the society. Their active engagement after retirement would assist them to face the after-retirement strain successfully.”
The meeting chaired by Sanjay Kothari, secretary, administrative reforms and public grievances was also attended by additional secretary Arun Jha, joint secretary Pramod Kumar Tiwari, director Aditya Joshi and Rajesh Kumar Sharma among others.
And social entrepreneurs who attended were Dr Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International, Anand Kumar of Super 30, Anoop Kaul of Basix, Rustam Sengupta of Boond, Sidharth Agarwal of Teach for India, Madhu Sharan of  Banyan Tree, Ms Sumita Ghosh of rangSutra, Dr RD Ravindran of Arvind Eye Care, Rajendra Joshi of Saath and Joseph Madiath of Gram V.
As the government is unlikely to raise the retirement age to 62 years now, there is however a possibility to increase the posts of consultants where many of the retired officers who are physically fit till the age 65 years, may well be engaged.

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