The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DPPW) has introduced ‘Sankalp’ to provide a platform for pensioners to provide their services for implementing various welfare programmes. The initiative, started on pilot basis will assist in channelising the experience and skill of civil pensioners into meaningful social activities. It will also help organisations working for welfare of society select appropriate skill and expertise from the available pool of volunteers.
“Considering the fact that the average life expectancy today is 76 years, it is felt that government servants when they superannuate at 60 have a number of years of active life left which can be devoted towards contribution to society. There are close to 50,000 fresh retirees from the Central Civil category every year. A large number of these pensioners feel the loss of a daily routine as well as a feeling of not being wanted. Keeping these factors in mind, the Sankalp initiative was started.” a senior DPPW official said.
As per data updated till March 2013 by the Centre, there are about 53, 79,121 central government pensioners including those from defence; of these, 11,80,554 are civil pensioners.
This initiative allows both the organisation and pensioners to register at www.pensionersportal.Gov.In/sankalp/. This would ease the entire process as the organisation can choose a pensioner based on required skills from his details available online. According to the information provided on Sankalp’s website, till now there are at least 744 pensioners and 13 organisations associated with the initiative. However, the department, in a disclaimer, clarified that it doesn’t endorse or recommend the pensioners in any way.