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Saturday, November 22, 2014

India Post to help artisans go online

NEW DELHI: India Post has been asked to develop a framework to facilitate local artisans sell their products online, telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today.

"I have asked India Post to develop framework where India artisan like in Kashi, handloom of Meerut, artisans at Tirupur can leverage postal environment to become big brand in e-commerce," Prasad said at an event organised by Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad on public policy making.

The minister had on Wednesday met Department of Posts officials, where they shared India Post's plans to tap opportunities in the e-commerce sector.

India Post, which has world's largest postal network of 1.55 lakh post offices, has seen multifold rise in business since the time it entered in partnership with e-commerce companies.

As per industry estimates shared by India Posts, e-commerce business in India was about $6 billion in value in 2012 and is expected to reach $76 billion by 2021.

The distribution, delivery or logistics is projected to constitute about 12% of the total e-commerce market, accounting for about $9 billion by 2021.

Prasad said government policy needs to balance growth and equity and be participative in nature. "We need to come up with framework which is not unilateral and is participative."

The minister shared example of Jan Dhan Yojana which has resulted in opening of about 70 million new bank accounts within couple of months and getting public idea through '' website.

"There was no requirement to deposit single penny in bank account opened under Jan Dhan Yojana but people deposited about Rs 6,000 crore in total," Prasad said.

He said that policy should not be directed top-down but it should emanate from bottom and go up.

He sought suggestions from IIM and other academic institutes in formulating policy that can be inclusive of people and bring growth along with equity.

IIM-A chairperson for marketing Dhreeraj Sharma said that the institute is discussing various management strategies and systemic interventions which can help government deliver their plans and policies in the most expeditious and effective manner.

"We hope that discussions and interactions during the course of this conference will result in the creation of the sentiment with reference to development and implementation of public policy," Sharma said.

India Post goes hi-tech

Eyes $9 billion business opportunity in e-commerce
Eyeing $9-billion business opportunity in the boo-ming e-commerce sector, India Post, which has the biggest network and serves the last mile, is boosting its infrastructure for real-time tracking of parcels through satellites using a new technology.
The postal department will also soon start an SMS facility to inform customers about delivery status of their parcels. India Post, which is already in tie-ups with e-commerce majors Ama-zon and Snapdeal, will also have security gadgets like CCTV to ensure safety of articles.
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a meeting with officials in the department of posts has directed them to focus on opportunities in e-commerce and tune infrastructure to facilitate growth of the sector .
“The minister has asked India Post to leverage its reach to provide special facilities to local weavers, craftsmen/wo-men, painters and artists so that they also benefit from e-commerce,” a ministry official said.
The official said that the “postal department has started working on development of road transport network for parcel movement on majority routes with GPS facility. It is augmenting facility of secure area for parcels with access control and CCTV around it”.
As India Post estimates, e-commerce business in India was about $6 billion in value in 2012 and is expected to reach $76 billion by 2021. The distribution, delivery or log-istics constitutes approximately 12 per cent of the total e-commerce market accounting for about $9 billion by 2021.
India Post, which has world’s largest postal network of 1.55 lakh post offices, has seen multifold rise in business sin-ce the time it entered in partnership with e-commerce companies.
Amazon started booking parcels at one place with India Post in 2013 which has now expanded to five locations by Octo-ber 2014. “Amazon ship-ped 7,000 parcels in Janu-ary this year. By Octo-ber, number of articles booked in a month by Amazon rose to 85,000. Snapdeal send 2000-3000 parcels per day. Naaptol gives about Rs 25 crore business to India Post yearly,” he said.

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Govt seeks suggestions for simplifying pension procedures

Press Trust of India | New Delhi Nov 19, 2014 02:16 PM IST
The Centre has sought comments from people on simplifying pension procedures and taking various measures related to the welfare of pensioners.

"Government continues to take various measures for welfare of pensioners and for simplifying rules and procedures.

"With a view to involve various stakeholders viz pensioners, pensioners associations, ministries, departments, banks, etc. In the process, it has been decided to invite suggestions in this regard from all stakeholders," the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said in an order.

The last date for sending suggestions is December 15, it said.

In a related development, the Ministry is also conducting a pre-retirement counselling workshop on Tuesday for the central government employees retiring in the next six months.

"The employees of Government of India retiring in the next six months are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop," it said.

There are about five million in the country.

Government Plans to Use Postman to Educate People on Schemes, Policy

NEW DELHI: The government is planning to use India Post's 1.55 lakh-strong branch network to reach out to citizens in far flung and backward areas and educate them about the various policies, schemes and incentives.    
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting runs various awareness programmes for the citizens leveraging the Internet and the social media.  
However, these initiatives are still out of the reach of many who live in backward and far flung areas there is no connectivity, sources said.   
"This category of population is sizable and within the reach of post offices. I&B Ministry can design programmes region-wise, which can then be used by the postman to go to these areas and educate the people," a source said.  
The idea is to utilise the huge network of India Posts' post offices across the country, especially to reach out to people in areas not connected with the Internet, and educate them about the government's policies, schemes and incentives, the sources added.      With the world's largest postal network, India Post has about 1.55 lakh post offices spread across the country.
On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.21 sq km and a population of 7,175 people.      
Besides, postman can also be used for directly collecting feedback from the people in rural areas on various policies and schemes, sources added.  
"Also digital boards and panels can be set up at the post offices across these areas to educate people on not just schemes and policies, but also on issues related to health and education," they said.      
The Task Force set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already holding consultations in this regard with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.      
Modi has set up the Task Force to leverage the postal network in India to enhance the role of India Posts in financial inclusion, among other services and it is expected to submit its report by year-end.      
The Task Force includes the Department of Posts Secretary Kavery Banerjee, Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg, Department of Electronics and IT Secretary R S Sharma, Rural Development Secretary L C Goyal and former SEBI Chairman G N Bajpai. 
Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian is the Chairman of the Task Force.

Post delayed is post denied

Propaganda has it that we have straightened the system, and cleaned it to the extent that it will meet your expectations; professionalism, you know. Last week, on Friday,  7th of November’14, I sent certain things to my daughter, who is studying in a boarding school at Dehradun, via speed post. These were articles she needed for her practical examinations. We were assured by the head post office here, at Srinagar, by the gentleman sitting behind the speed post counter, that this packet will be for sure delivered on the 10th, Monday. She has been preparing for this examination for a long time now to file her papers, and the last step was the practical display. Having spoken to her over the phone the following Wednesday, 12th Nov, we realized that she had received nothing till date. Thursday, we started perusing with the authorities about the status of the packet. No news, but they assured again it will be delivered soon. Again following it up with the local post office, now at Humhama. They said the packet is still in Delhi and the advise was that we call up the Dehradun post office to find out tomorrow.  On asking them to gives us the required telephone numbers, the person refused; saying he had no such numbers. And when we asked to give us the telephone number of the post master, Srinagar,  he very politely refused. They had given us the receipt, but problem was to find the status, and there is no website or telephone numbers. Upon  visiting  the Humhama post office the following day, 13th of November, the  person there checked on his computer. Not giving us any details, he simply said that the package is likely to  reach Dehradun today. Again in the afternoon I sent someone to check the status. The news was that package is in Dehradun, but the delivery is still not made.

My daughter was crying on phone while  speaking to her mother, saying that our carelessness has ruined her future. Her question was that why could we not find a courier service instead, and trusted the Indian postal service. We were heartbroken, as she could not stop crying the whole time she was on phone.  Her house mistress took the phone from her, and spoke to my wife, saying that she has to now arrange everything anew, and that that too in a single day, just tomorrow, something very hard. Believe it or not, I had a sleepless night seeking a miracle for this delivery – as I knew she had prepared her project for so long and just because of our inability we made a mess of things, jeopardizing the future of this little girl.

I never pray, but that day morning I woke to seek the delivery from the Divine. Friday morning we arranged a person in Dehradun to visit the local post office to find out why this packet was not delivered. Despite having all details with him, to his surprise, he was told by the local official that they cannot handover the packet to him. He insisted that it is the question of a little child’s future. The guy there replied, “I do not want to risk my job, you can meet my boss in this regard.' For two long hours he was made to wait as the boss was in a meeting, and guess what he said; the same thing. He was finally told that the packet will be delivered on Saturday, or Monday. But  by then it would have been useless. We were completely helpless. 

We spoke to them from Kashmir, begging them to deliver it.  They said, 'send the child with a valid I-card, otherwise we do it at our will'. Imagine we had to first request  the school,  have her miss the class, take her warden along, arrange a car, and send her to the post office before they say we are now closed for the day. My prayers were granted when she, at 4 pm on 14th November, Friday, finally received her packet. This time again in tears, but tears of joy that her hard work of months will bear fruit. Next time I have anything to send anywhere, never will it be this postal service. The pain and agony we had to bear was unbearable and we found ourselves helpless at every moment we approached them. I appeal everyone to play their cards safe – I do not want anyone to go through what we went through.

Government to consider retiring employees for promotions

NEW DELHI: The government employees must be considered for promotions in case meetings of the Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) are held after their retirement, the Centre has said.
It would not be in order if eligible employees, who were within the zone of consideration for the relevant year but are not actually in service when the DPC is being held, are not considered while preparing year-wise zone of consideration or panel and, consequently, their juniors are considered (in their places), who would not have been in the zone of consideration if the DPC had been held in time, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.
"Appointment Committee of Cabinet has observed that DPCs often do not consider such eligible officers who are retiring before the occurrence of the vacancy in the panel year," it said adding that this "undesirable trend negate the very purpose" of government's existing instructions for inclusion of such employees.
The DoPT has asked all central government ministries and departments under it to ensure "strict compliance" of its instructions to include retiring employees for promotions in case the DPCs are delayed.
Such retired officials would, however, have no right for actual promotion. The DPC may, if need be, prepare extended panel, the DoPT said.

Addendum to S B Order No. 12 / 2014 - Re-introduction of KVP

S B Order No. 12 / 2014 - Re-introduction of Kisan Vikas Patra


Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners - regarding.

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The demand for further enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of  the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.300/- to RS.500/- per month.
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Introduction of Aadhar Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary and Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee).

Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures - Observances of proper procedure.

Transfers/Postings in the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'.