Itanagar : Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Monday urged upon all the government departments of the state to “take up pension cases on priority basis” and clear the pending pension cases without delay while citing that it is causing financial hardships to the retired Govt employees. The Dy Chief Minister, who convened a meeting of all heads of departments to discuss the pension matters at the Civil Secretariat here on Monday, said that after serving the State for more than 30 years, the retired Govt servants should not be allowed to suffer and run from pillar to post in the Govt offices to clear their pension payments. He asked all the departments to open ‘Pension Cell’ in their respective departments and to place a dedicated and experienced staff specifically to deal with pension cases. “All the heads of the departments (HoDs) were directed to clear all the pending cases of pension by May 31,” said an official communiqué, adding that all HoDs were asked to communicate the name of nodal officers to the Directorate of Audit & Pension within 15 days. The HoDs were also instructed to ensure that all the Govt employees verify their service book within the month of May, and to take a monthly review meeting on pension cases. A decision was also taken to address and send the registered pension papers to the heads of the departments with a copy to the concerned heads of offices to raise the level of attention, the communiqué said. Audit & Pension Director K Ronya informed that altogether 398 pension cases were pending in the directorate, while attributing the cause of delay in clearing pension cases to non-submission of complete pension papers by the departments, improper fixation of the pay scale in accordance with the promotion, pay enhancements and increments, etc of an employee by the departments concerned. He requested the HoDs to send for Initial Pay Statements check at regular interval and to clear all the pension papers before 4-6 months of retirement of an employee. He assured that pension matters can be cleared by the Directorate within 2 months of a person’s retirement provided all the pension papers of an employee are submitted by the departments. Earlier, the Principal Secretary (Finance) Sharat Chauhan and Secretary (Finance) Y W Ringu cleared doubts and queries on pension matters during the meeting.