4 Mar 2014

Six Documentary Films on Good Governance Initiatives Simplified Form for Benefit of Pensioners

Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms
Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms, Public Grievances and Pension launched six documentary films on good governance initiatives and Form-5, a simplified form for the benefit of Pensioners here today.

The documentary films are on successful initiatives to Tackle the problem of Adverse Sex Ratio-initiative of District Administration of Nawashahr, Punjab; Initiative of Strengthening CSR spending in Raigarh District, Chattisgarh; Educational initiatives in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.

 Saving Open Space and Urban Lakes (SOUL) and Cultural Rejuvenation of the Twin City of Hubali-Dharwad, Karnataka; Excellence in Rural Management and Development in the Challenging Physical Environment of the Sikkim Himalaya and Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (Skill Development) project of the Directorate of Employment & Training, Gujarat.

Based on stakeholders’ consultation, films have been made in three durations i.e. in 14 minute, 3½ minute, 30 second. 

The 14 minute format is for class room study and discussion in the Central Training Institutes (CTI) and Administrative Training Institutes (ATI); the 3½ minute film is meant for larger conferences where senior level officers participate, or if the audience is already aware of the broad contours of the schemes or for the meetings with non-officials. 

These are also meant for telecast on national network of Doordarshan or other television channels. The 30 second version is like a teaser to be used for advertising or to evoke interest in the audience to watch the larger version of the film.

Shri Sanjay Kothari also released a simplified Form by the Department of Pensions for the benefits of Pensioners with two main objectives of bringing about simplification in the process of sanction of Pension and doing away with he requirement of submission of Affidavits and to accept all information based on self attestation by the individual concerned.

While changes have been made in a number of Forms, special change is being made only of Form-5, which is the Form through which a retiring Government servant applied for pension. The information to be filled in by the retiring Government servants is restricted to his name, address and bank account details.

 In addition, his mobile number and e-mail id if available is also being collected for ease of correspondence in future. These steps will go a long way towards reducing inconvenience of the individual as well as making the process more transparent.

The documentary films of 3 ½ minute duration were also screened in the function. These were highly appreciated by the participants and the stakeholders. The Form-5 simplified for the benefit of Pensioners was also discussed in the meeting. 

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