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Post at: Sep 03 2022

SPARSH (System For Pension Administration RakSHa)

Why in News?

  • In May 2022, Defence Ministry introduced a portal, System for Pension Administration (RakSHa) (SPARSH), to directly transfer pension to pensioners.

About SPARSH

  • It is an initiative of the Ministry of Defence.
  • It aims to providing a comprehensive solution to the administration of pension to the defence pensioners.
  • It promotes the governments vision of 'Digital India', 'Direct Benefit Transfer (DBI)'  and "Minimum Government Maximum governance"
  • It will initially cater to the new retires on roll out and subsequently be extended to cover the existing defence pensioners.
  • It will receive pension proposal and make payments centrally.

Need

  • The need for SPARSH was felt to obviate and address the current challenges in the pension sanctioning and disbursement process such as decentralised solution existing in silos, manual intervention in processing, lack of centralised information for addressing pensioner queries, among other.

Benefits

  • It will interface with all the stake holders and provide a single source of truth there by ensuring Transparing accountability and ease of doing business through information dissemination and simplification of pension processes through Business process Re-engineering (BPR)
  • It will promote ease of living and resolve pension - related grievance in a time bound manner.
  • It will ensure that no pensioner is deprived of their rightful benefits.

Other Initiative Related to Defence Pension

  • One Rank one pension (OROP) scheme ensure that "Same pension to defense personal for the same rank for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement"

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