A mechanism for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the Pensioners Associations

On the recommendations of Parliamentary Consultative Committee, DoPPW constituted a Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) in 1986. SCOVA consists of 15 Non-official members (5 Standing Group and 10 Rotating Group Members) represented by the Pensioners Associations from various Ministries/Departments/Regions/States etc. Official Members are representatives of various Ministries/Departments of Government of India. It is a useful forum for holding consultation with the stakeholders i.e the pensioners through their Associations and concerned Ministries/Departments. It provides the Associations an opportunity for raising their issues concerning pensioners’ welfare etc. directly before the concerned Ministries/Departments.
SCOVA functions to promote the following objectives:-

  1. To provide a feedback on implementation of process/programmes of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
  2. To discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives and
  3. To mobilize voluntary efforts to supplement the Government action

It has maintained a healthy tradition of constructive discussion.

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