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  The government had declared the October 08 th of every year as National Pensioneers’ Day in order to pay the nation’s tribute for senior citizens of the nation, who have rendered their knowledge, skills and attitudes day and night to create a prosperous country for the future generation dedicating the best period of their lifetime for the upliftment of the nation.

Accordingly, the National Pensioners’ Day was celebrated at Nelum Pokuna Theatre on October 08 th 2019 with the participation of Prime Minister of the Sri Lanka Democratic and Socialist Republic Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Minister of Public Administration, Management and Livestock Development Ranjith Madduma Bandara with the direction of Secretary of Minister of Public Administration, Management and Livestock Development, Mr.J.J. Rathnasiri this time to felicitate the valuable service, celebrating the every senior citizens proudly.

Around thousands of senior retired citizens representing the various divisional secretariats and pension unions of the island were participated for this programme launched by the Department of Pensions under the entire supervision and guidance of the Director General of Pensions adjoining with the leading private institutions.

The National Pensioneers’ Day which gifted a few hours of entertainment of dancing drama and singings for retired citizens was colured by the Eastern Music Band of Sri Lanka Army in dancing and drama. Veteran TV and stage actor Rodney Warnakula's comedy performance was able to add a fresh light to the stage.

After the address of the Prime Minister of the Sri Lanka Democratic and Socialist Republic Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Minister of Public Administration, Management and Livestock Development Ranjith Madduma Bandara offered the greetings for the pensioners on behalf of the National Pensioners’ Day 2019.

The keynote speech on behalf of this year's National Pensioneers’ Day was delivered by a leading human skills development specialist of the country, Mr. Sanath Gamage. His speech, involved with practical activities to overcome negative attitudes connected with old age mentality was won the appreciation of the audience.

Number of leading private establishments in Sri Lanka had contributed their sincere cooperation for this celebration. Accordingly, the new technological application introduced for senior citterns called “Sri Lanka pensions app” of Dialogue Axiata PLC was also launched at the same date. The National Pensioners’ Day 2019 which brought a light for the retirement life of the senior citizens of Sri Lanka was successfully concluded.  

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  Two training programmes on productivity and employee motivation was held on 01.08.2019 at the department auditorium, with the purpose to improve the efficiency of the officers of Department of Pensions who are in service dedicating own knowledge and time to perform the pension payment process in order to perform the pension payment process of the pensioner community of approx 06 lacks efficiently and accurately.

A productivity training programmes on productivity, misconceptions on the productivity and use of productivity for own duty life was conducted by the productivity development officer of the Proclivity Secretariat Ms.Senani Dharshika and resource contribution for the training programme on employee motivation was provided by Assistant Director of Combined Service Manoj Amarasinghe.

Public Management Assistants’ Service, Development Officers’ Service and Pension Officers’ Service were participated for the first phase of this series of programme organized for employee motivation. . 

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  An awareness programme to aware the accountants serving in divisional secretariats in Colombo districts on the special programme arranged by the department for the pension revision inquiring the latest situation of the Colombo district pension revisions implemented and in progress in island wide divisional secretariats as per Public Administration Circular No.14/2019, was held at the department auditorium on 01.08.2019.

The workshops have been implemented in order to aware the accountants and pension officers who are serving in related to the pension revision in Colombo district in several phases before and after the issuance of Public Administration Circular No.14/2019 on the pension revision of public service officers, tri force officers retired before 01.12.2016 and their widows’ and orphans’ recipients.

A training on the operations of this IT software designed for the pension revision process by the department during the workshop was held again with the purpose to expedite the entitlement of benefits to the pensioners improving the efficiency of the pension revision and the solutions were provided for the problems encountered while make salary conversion with the software.

The instructions were granted to the officers in the Colombo districts by the Additional Director General of Pensions, K.R.Pathmapriya to arrange the necessary arrangements to grant the benefits expeditiously for all the pensioners in the Western Province comparing the progress of pension revision the Colombo district with the other districts in western province.

Additional Director General of Pensions, K.R.Pathmapriya, Chief Accountant, A.D.T.N. Abesingha, Director (administration) K.R.A.Dharmasena and Assistant Director (Information Technology and Policy) Bhuddhika Amal Jayathissa and Chief Accountant of Colombo District Secretariat, G.Jayweera and accountants and pension officers of divisional secretariats were participated for this event. . .