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Odisha CM launches dedicated portal for pensioners

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Bhubaneswar: With an aim to make pension application process easy and hassle-free, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated a dedicated portal called “ARPANA”.

According to a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office, the portal is meant for the online processing of application for pension revision in respect of Pre-2016 pensioners.

The portal will facilitate online receipt of such application for revision of pension. The pensioners, who are willing to do an Aadhaar authentication, need not submit any hardcopy of application to the Pension Disbursing Authorities.

Pensioners who opt not to use Aadhaar authentication will also be able to apply online but they have to submit the print copy with their signature to the Pension Disbursing Authorities.

All Pension Disbursing Authorities, Treasuries, Special Treasuries, Accountant Genral (A&E), Odisha and Controller of Accounts, Odisha will work on the “ARPANA” portal for processing of the pension application.

The pensioners will get SMS and E-mail at each stage of processing of their application, Help Desk and online grievance lodging system will also be available in the system.

The Chief Minister also launched a functionality for online submission of pension application by the retiring employees in the Integrated Financial Management System, Odisha.

All retiring State government employees can now submit their pension application using the above functionality. This will expedite the pension sanction process. The pensioners will be provided with SMS and E-mail about the status of their application.

An Online Sanction Order Generation facility was also inaugurated today for generating all financial sanctions of the Odisha government.

The CM also launched a Mobile Application for the purpose of electronic remittance by taxpayers and citizens of the state government. The citizens and taxpayers can make payment to the government anywhere and anytime by using this mobile app.

It has also been declared that the pensioners will now be eligible for full pension, if they have completed 25 years of qualifying services instead of the earlier provision of 33 years, the release stated.

State Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Development Commissioner R. Balkrishnan are among other officials were present at the occasion.