In recent times, it has been seen that the government is focussed to fully utilise the population bulge also known as the demographic dividend of the country. But via Anubhav scheme, the government of India has established a unique platform for the senior population to contribute directly to the economy of the country by imparting their work-wisdom onto the young minds.
Government’s socioeconomic welfare schemes form a crucial part of IAS exam, MCQs related to important government flagship programmes are often seen in the IAS prelims exam. Hence, here provide an insight on an extremely innovative government scheme, namely, Anubhav which is the brainchild of our Prime Minister to utilise the rich experience of our country’s retired workforce.
What is Anubhav Scheme?
Anubhav scheme is aimed to provide a platform for the retiring Central Government employees to showcase commendable work done during the service through their write-ups. An annual award scheme has been instituted to encourage the retiree to submit his/her valuable experience/ suggestions through write-ups.
Anubhav initiative also has an online system for submission and display of commendable work done by retiring employees, which provide a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction to the retirees and also creates a database of useful suggestion and information. Anubhav tool gives an opportunity to the retiring employee to invest his experience, skill and time for growth of social capital of the country.
Who is covered under Anubhav scheme?
Initially, this facility is to be provided only to retired Central government employees, but the submission would be voluntary. Moreover, the employees retiring in the next 6 months will also be provided with an online facility to submit their achievements.
What would count as Commendable work?
• Any innovation which led to an improved work culture.
• Any work that has contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in the government functioning.
• Any other contribution considered significant by the retiring employee.
What is the procedure to get involved in the Anubhav initiative?
The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has coordinated and collated the data and information, and an online system is designed exclusively for Anubhav initiative.
The retiring employee can submit a write-up (not more than 5000 words) along with appropriate attachments. Comments which are religious, gender based or based on caste and creed and comments that have a potential to disturb communal harmony or against the national interest are not permitted in the write-up. Moreover, the comments should not reveal any sensitive or secret information of the government of India.
The comments made by the employee not belonging to All India Service may be hosted on the website of the Ministry/ Department from where the employee retired and on the website of the cadre controlling authority.
Analysis of the Anubhav Scheme:
Anubhav scheme will be envisaged in such a way that over a period of time, this will create a wealth of institutional memory with replicable ideas and suggestions.
At present, there are a number of pensioners than the serving employees put together. Therefore, for good governance, this scheme is a good path because in this the best tools that are the government employees themselves will provide new energy to the retiring employees. This initiative will also boost the confidence of the retiring employees and inspire them to give something back to the society and get something back from the society as well.
Anubhav will help in providing a platform for holistic growth and inclusion of the retiree employees in the government initiatives like educating the people to use the accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya and Kaushal Vikas Yojana etc.
Workshops on Anubhav have been organised for the Head of Offices/ Head of Departments of Ministries/ Departments and retiring employees to introduce the concept and the software application as well as to facilitate submission of write-ups by retiring employees.
The Anubhav workshops have emphasised that the retiring employees should be given their rights with dignity and should also be a source of inspiration due to their rich experience. The retiring employees will share their experiences and also gave their suggestions to make the retired life an engaging, healthy and happy life.
The Anubhav awards are being given on the completion of one year. The criteria for selection of awards are job-related enthusiasm, performance orientation, subject knowledge and practical suggestions.
The Anubhav awards are often regarded as a present from the present (serving) award to the past (retired) in recognition of their contribution. Anubhav award is a remarkable step towards preserving the institutional memory which is a true example of energy in synergy.
The Anubhav initiative is a brainchild of our respected Prime Minister who believes that utilising the vast resource pool of pensioners is the concern of the entire country. The government believes that in coming years the Anubhav database will be a wealth of institutional memory. The database of useful suggestion and information created by retirees would provide satisfaction to the retiring employee and also act as a motivator for serving employees.
Till date, 78 organisations have registered in Anubhav platform, 1043 write-up have been published and many more waiting to be published. Anubhav would also be a wonderful opportunity to garner the resource of retiring employees for a voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement. This step will certainly provide new energy to the retiring employees as well as boost their confidence at this crucial stage of life.