To all Government officials for speedy clearance: Collector
DINDIGUL: A special training programme to handle pension papers would be imparted to all government officials for proper and speedy clearance said Collector R. Vasuki.
Addressing a pensioners' grievance day meeting at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, she said many pension applications had been pending unnecessarily, owing to lack of adequate knowledge on pension procedures.
Pension applications were pending for even minor clarifications. Hence, a special training programme would be imparted to all officials soon.
This meeting should have conducted in April and it was postponed to June, owing to the Assembly elections. Of the 44 petitions received in the previous meeting, 29 petitions were settled and action initiated on the rest of them, she said.
When many officials could not reply with regard to pension petitions pending for a long time in their departments, Ms. Vasuki ordered the officials to come with copies of the petitions and letters communicated to other offices in this connection.
Stern action would be initiated against officials who failed to attend the meeting.
Petitions seeking clarification at the office of the Accountant General alone should be tabled for discussion in the meeting, she said. Other petitions should be finalised at department level. Reacting sharply to a petition pending for 15 years, she ordered the Chief Educational Officer, Rama Pandurangan, and an aided school headmaster to settle the pension with all benefits immediately.
The Director for Pensioners' Welfare, S. Rajasekaran, clarified doubts of the pensioners and officials. Many retired teachers and officials working in the Department of Health and Education and panchayats gave petitions for speedy settlement of their pension.