Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched several key digital initiatives including the Pay System for Agniveers & SPARSH mobile app during the 275th Annual Day of Defence Accounts Department.
“It is the Government’s endeavor to provide the best services to the serving personnel, ex-servicemen, and their families during the soldiers’ lifetime as well as after death,” said Rajnath Singh. “He added that special emphasis is being laid on disbursing the right pension at the right time”.
A glance at the various digital initiatives launched for the welfare of the army:
Agniveer Pay System
The system will facilitate efficient pay management for Agniveers, who will soon join the Armed Forces through the Government’s transformational Agnipath scheme. The fully automated IT system will be a specialized and secure portal to ensure claim processing and payroll management of Agniveers. Rajnath Singh also inaugurated a centralized PAO (Army) for Agniveers at Delhi Cantonment.
SPARSH Mobile App
The app will ensure pensioner access and reach to important functionalities of the SPARSH portal through their mobiles. Ministry of Defence implemented the portal (https://sparsh.defencepension.gov.in/) for pensioners of the Armed Forces as well as defense civilians as an integrated system for automation of sanction and disbursement of defense pension. It is an end-to-end solution to all pension-related processes, from claim initiation to disbursement. Pensioners can log on to the portal and get their pension-related issues resolved.
The Defence Accounts Receipts and Payment System is a unified solution for third-party bill payment and accounting. Its real-time processing will provide comprehensive insights into various accounting and financial performances.
Defence Pay Civilian System
The System envisages the disbursement of pay of all defense civilians through a single, centralized, and fully automated system. Both Units and PCDA/CDA offices have been given access to the system and units will be able to check the payment status on the portal itself.
Defense Accounts HR Management System
With the launch of the application, the department steps into a new paradigm of digitally enabled human resource management. The platform has various self-service modules like e-service book, leave management, payroll generation, and promotion details which will be accessible to the employees through a mobile app, anywhere anytime.
Through the initiative, the Armed Forces personnel will be able to get real-time data related to pay & allowances, and claims. In addition, through its Interactive Voice Response System, the personnel will be able to register their complaints by phone and get replies within 48 hours. The system has been implemented in seven PAOs.
On the occasion, Rajnath Singh also gave away the Raksha Mantri Awards for Excellence 2022.