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SPARSH: System for Pension Administration Raksha

  • 09 Jul 2021
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Recently, the Ministry of Defence has implemented SPARSH (System for Pension Administration Raksha).

Key Points

  • About:
    • It is an integrated system for automation of sanction and disbursement of defence pension.
    • This web-based system processes pension claims and credits pension directly into the bank accounts of defence pensioners without relying on any external intermediary.
    • A Pensioner Portal is available for pensioners to view their pension related information, access services and register complaints, if any.
    • SPARSH envisages establishment of Service Centres to provide last mile connectivity to pensioners who may be unable to directly access the SPARSH portal.
      • The two largest banks dealing with defence pensioners – State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) – have been co-opted as Service Centres.
  • Other Initiative Related to Defence Pensions:
    • One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme: It provides the payment of the same pension to military officers for the same rank for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement.

Source: PIB

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