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Government today introduced a new pension form for its retired employees which simplifies the process of sanctioning pension and doing away with the requirement for submission of affidavits.

The new ‘Form 5’ has been brought for the benefit of pensioners and it will record all information on the basis of self-attestation by the individual concerned, said Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms, Public Grievances and Pension.

“While changes have been made in a number of (other) forms, special change is being made only on Form-5,” he said.

The information to be filled in by retiring government employees is restricted to their name, address and bank account details, Kothari said.

“In addition, employees’ 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 toward reducing inconvenience of the individual as well as making the process more transparent,” he added.(COURTESY: Business Line)