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Friday, July 3, 2015

Revised Bio-data/Curriculum Vitae (CV) proforma for submission by the candidate for appointment by deputation - issue of instructions - regarding.

Digital touch to India Post (Special article on Digital India Week)

Bruhaspati Samal
Postmaster, Ashoknagar MDG &
Secretary, AIPEU, Gr-C, Bhubaneswar

 “It makes the Post Office what under any other system it never can be the unrestricted means of diffusing knowledge, extending commerce and promoting in every way the social and intellectual improvement of the people” stated Lord Dalhousie, the father of India Post in his Minute dated 30th December, 1851. To prove this statement, honestly, if one searches about an organization which serves India, the land of heterogeneous racial, lingual, religious, and social culture upholding its rich cultural heritage through religious pluralism protecting the national unity, social cohesion, secular and federal structure and democratic ethos, certainly, the name of India Post comes to mind. Competently assisting the rulers, elite and mercantile community in its various forms in ancient and medieval times, it has conveniently served both the British rulers  and general public in modern times as a forceful organization in raising national and political consciousness.  Long before the times of email and mobile phones, pigeons, barefoot runners and bullock carts were used to carry messages from one part of India to another. Prior to independence, India Post, through a limited work force could be able to develop a vast network  of communication even before the Railways and Telephones were introduced with wide spread impact on  the socio-economic life of the nation through efficient and prompt service.

From pigeon to  post, India Post has travelled a long way with the passage of time. From 23,344 post offices primarily opened in urban areas prior to independence catering to the needs of Britishers for development of their trade and exercising control over their vast Indian possessions with one post office serving 15038 persons covering an area of 53 square miles to 1,54,882 post offices (139182 i.e. 89.86% in rural area and 15700 i.e. 10.14% in urban area ) having 459948 employees (200344 Departmental and 259604 Gramin Dak Sewak) as on 31.3.2014, India Post has registered nearly a seven fold growth during the period of last seven decades focusing its expansion to rural areas and thus has been acknowledged as the  largest postal network in the world with one post office serving 8221 people in average covering an area of approximately 21.2 sq. kms and providing  postal facilities within reach of every citizen in the country at affordable prices adopting every mode of transmission from bare foot to air route with recorded  delivery of 1,575 crore mails approximately  every year.

            The beginnings of this vast postal network can be traced back to 1727 when the first post office was set up in Kolkata. Subsequently, General Post Offices (GPOs) were also set up in the then three Presidencies of Kolkata (1774), Chennai (1786) and Mumbai (1793). To bring some uniformity amongst the then post offices, the Indian Post Office Act of 1837 was enacted. This Act was followed by the more comprehensive Indian Post Office Act of 1854. This Act reformed the entire fabric of the postal system. Its provisions granted the monopoly of carrying mail in the British territories in India to the Indian Post Office. The present postal system in India thus came into existence with the Indian Post Office Act of 1854. The same year, the Railway Mail Service was introduced as also the sea mail service from India to Great Britain & China. Thereafter, the India Post Office Act of 1898 was passed which regulated postal services in the country. In 1852, the first ever adhesive postage stamps in Asia were issued in Scinde; these stamps subsequently became famous as the Scinde Dawks. These stamps were in circulation up to June 1866. On 18th February, 1911, the world’s first airmail flight - from Allahabad to Naini - took place. It traversed a distance of 18 kilometers (approx.) across the river Ganges. The first postage stamp valid across the country was issued on 1st October, 1854 which provided an affordable and uniform rate of postage based on weight. Since then, the Department of Posts has proved to be one of the greatest institutions of the country which plays an important role in the socio-economic activity of the nation. The postal network of India touches the remotest corners of the country.
Briefing the Department’s long journey from pigeon post to e-post, it is evident that the Department of Posts actively entered into the digital era through counter mechanization installing 102 personal computer-based MPCMs in 22 selected post offices during the year 1990 – 91 and conceived   the   Project Arrow concept in April, 2008 under “Look & Feel Good” concept.  The Government of India has approved the Department of Posts’ IT Modernization Project, 2012 with a total outlay of Rs.4909 crore in November, 2012. The IT Modernization Project aims at modernization and computerization of all post offices in the country including 129389 Branch Post Offices in rural areas. It is an ambitious IT transformation project undertaken by the Department of Posts. By setting up an IT infrastructure spanning across all Post Offices and Branch Post Offices in rural areas, the Department will be able to harness the benefits of consolidated information and capabilities across various functional silos as well as geographical reach. The transformation from physical to digital network will provide a national asset for all users apart from Post Offices including various Government Departments, business houses and citizens to use the IT enabled country wide network for communication, banking, insurance and service delivery needs.  This mega IT driven transformation is the first of its kind undertaken by any postal operator in the world as well as any Government Department in the country. Upon completion of this project, the Department of Posts shall emerge as an engine to transform the rural economic landscape in the country besides providing value-added mail and financial services to the urban customers.

The transformation from physical to digital network will enable the Government to use the postal network for communication, banking, insurance, mails and service delivery needs of the citizens. The IT  Modernization Project, particularly the rural ICT solutions will rebuild the rural postal network to create an institutional last mile infrastructure for delivery of all government services to citizens. The project will make the post office the focal point of delivery of social security and employment guarantee schemes including disbursement of wages under MGNREGS Schemes of the Centre and State under Direct Benefit Transfer, will provide biometric authentication of financial transactions ,provide multiple channels like ATM, mobile banking, net-banking for savings bank customer. It will provide an electronic and secure mode of money transfer particularly in rural areas.  The Core Banking Solution (CBS) Project will bring facilities of ATM Banking, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking and Phone Banking to the Post Offices Savings Bank (POSB) customers to perform transactions 24×7 in ATMs and to transfer money from their account to any bank account through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) and Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS). Out of 25493 departmental post offices , India Post has already launched Core Banking Solution in 2590 post offices as on 30.06.2015.

Digital India Programme is a flagship programme of Government of India launched in 2014 with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The thrust of the Digital India Programme is the Digital Empowerment of Citizen of India. In Digital India Programme, Department of Posts has been entrusted to shape up the post offices into a multi service centre. The Department is digitizing all its 154882 Post Offices including 129389 Gramin Dak Sewak Post Offices. The digitized post office may work as multi service centre. It may become the nodal centre for the dissemination of information vis-à-vis Government Policies; disbursement of social security benefits; financial inclusion of rural mass. These post offices will offer a digital means of communication, carrying physical goods and money transfers.

The Post is poised to play an important role in the society bridging the urban rural divide and bringing IT-enabled services to all sections of the society through 154882 IT-enabled post offices. The reduction of paper-based processing would enable an environmentally sustainable greener Post Office.
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Students from DAV Public School ( Unit - VIII) , Bhubaneswar visited Ashoknagar MDG on 03.07.2015 as an action plan of Digital India Week

 B Samal, Postmaster explaining the students on mails
The students at the counter of Ashoknagar MDG are being explained on digitization of Postal network by Sri B Samal, Postmaster
 B Samal, Postmaster answering to the queries of the students briefing them on the long journey of India Post from Pigeon Post to ePost.
 B Samal, Postmaster, Ashoknagar MDG, Gopinath Kar, B E, Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik, PRI(P) and Sri Prabodh Kumar Nanda, Teacher, DAV Public School, Unit-VIII, Bhubaneswar among the students who visited Ashoknagar MDG on 03.07.2015 as an action plan of Digital India Week

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebration of Digital India Week in different Post Offices in Odisha Circle


Dr. Jitendra Singh calls for use of self-attested certificates

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has called for use of self - attested certificates since this has been approved by the Government of India for over last eight months. He was presiding over a review meeting of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), here today. Dr. Jitendra Singh has urged the State governments to encourage this practice and also appealed to the common people, particularly youth, to bear in mind that whenever they approach an office with documents, they should bring to the notice of the authorities that the Government of India now allows self attestation of certificates by the candidate himself.

Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that a circular to this effect had already been sent to the State governments and though most of the states have responded positively, yet in many cases, the information is still not fully percolated to the lower levels of administration. He said that introduction of self attested certificates was one of the most historic measures introduced by the Modi government soon after it took over. The decision was universally hailed both by administration as well as by public.

This revolutionary step not only lessened a lot of hardship faced by the youth applying for jobs or higher education but also conveyed a bigger symbolic message that the Modi government had the capacity to trust the youth of this country, he added.

Recalling from his personal experience, Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that he had personally been a witness to a number of hardships that the youth went through looking for a gazetted officer, a notary, etc., for attestation. Moreover, in certain remote areas of the country many a time, a gazetted officer or a notary was not readily available in the vicinity to perform the task of attestation, he added.

On occasions, there were also complaints that young aspirants had to shell out meager amount in their pockets for accomplishing the task of getting the huge pile of certificates attested. This is particularly ironic in the present age of high technology and biometric facility, he observed and added that in certain areas and departments, however, where statutory, legal or security nature are involved, the earlier practice of getting attestation from an authorised authority has nonetheless been allowed to carry on.

During the review meeting, an assessment was also made of the number of other recent initiatives by DARPG department which include introduction of a pension portal, "Jeevan Praman" initiative, "Anubhav" programme, biometrics and new methods for ease in governance. The Secretary DoPT, Shri Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary DARPG, Shri Alok Rawat and other senior officers of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions have participated in the meeting.
Source : PIB Release, 02.07.2015

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

Guidelines for grants to ATIs and SICs under the various components of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Acts for the year 2015-16

Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs

TNN | Jul 2, 2015
NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has recommended doubling the salary of law makers and also increasing pension of former MPs by almost 75%. The joint committee, which has submitted its recommendations to the government, has also proposed an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.
Sources said the panel has made a total of around 60 recommendations. "The committee has reasoned that the last revision of MPs salary happened in 2010 and they don't get any dearness allowance like that of government employees," said a government source.

At present, sitting MPs get monthly salary of Rs 50,000. The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of Rs 2,000, which they get for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be increased substantially, sources said.

"The hike is overdue. Our daily expenses only for offering tea to visitors come to around Rs 1,000. Can we stop showing this little courtesy to electorates?" asked a sitting BJP lawmaker.

TOI has learnt that the panel headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has recommended that former MPs should also be entitled for 20-25 free domestic air travel in a year and increase in pension from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 per month.

 There is another recommendation that each sitting MP should get an additional free air conditioned first class railway pass for their companion, such as private secretary. At present, only the MPs and their spouses are entitled for first class AC travel. Moreover, there is a proposal that the MPs should get an amount equal to first class rail ticket, which is informally known as pocket money. Parliamentarians now get allowance equivalent to fare of one second class AC ticket.

Similarly, for air travel the panel has recommended that the allowance should be equal to one full ticket fare. Sources said some the recommendations are exorbitant and all issues would be looked into before taking any decision.

The panel has also reportedly batted for better facilities for MPs at airports where they can be facilitated. The committee has suggested that the health benefits that MPs get under the Central Government Health Scheme should be extended to their children and grand children as well.

Source :

Stamp Design Competition by DoP - Theme - A DAY IN THE RAIN

System Administrator training to P As of Bhubaneswar Division

Department of Posts, India
Office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar-751009 

Memo No: B.12-32(Trg)/2003/Ch-II                               Dated at Bhubaneswar the 01.07.15 

In pursuance of the instructions contained in Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001 letter No. PMU/1-15/2015 dated 29.06.15, the following Postal Assts. of this Division are hereby directed to undergo System Administrator Training at WTC, C.O  as per the programme detailed below. 

Sl. No.
Name & designation of the Official nominated to undergo training
Period of training
Relieving arrangement
Sri Prabira Mohan Sahoo
PA, Balakato SO
6.07.15 to 17.07.15
from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Birabar Sahoo
PA, Banamalipur  SO
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Nihar Ranjan Sahoo
PA, Kakatpur SO
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Surya Narayan Sahoo
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Parameswar  Behera
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Tanmaya Sahoo
The official will be relieved on office arrangement
Sri Dipak Rath
SPM, Bamanal
The SPM, Gop SO will depute his PA to Bamanal SO to relieve Sri Rath in time.
Sri Somanath Sabar
PA, BBSR GPO (Now on deputation at C.O)
DDM,PLI, C.O will make necessary relieving arrangement
Sri Siba Pd Barik
OA, O/o the SSPOs, BBSR Dvn
The ASP(Hqr)will make necessary arrangement
Ms Sasmita Rath
The official will be relieved on office arrangement

The officials so directed to undergo the training should attend the training positively. Full utilization of the seat should be ensured.   

     Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division
Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to: 

1.         The Asst. Director (PMU), O/o the Chief P.M.G. (Odisha), Bhubaneswar-751001 for information w.r.t. C.O. letter no. PMU/1-15/2015 dated 29.06.15.

 2.        The DDM, PLIU,C.O, BBSR-1.

3.         The Senior Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO, Bhubaneswar-751001.

4.         The Sub Postmasters concerned.

5.         The officials concerned.

7.         PF of the officials.

8.         TECH/ST-II Branch, BBSR Dvnl. office.

9.         Divnl. Office, BBSR File Mark: B-32/2002

10.       Office copy.

In-house training to LGOs of Bhubaneswar Division promoted to P A cadre and allotted to Mayurbhanj Division

Department of Posts, India
Office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division, Bhubaneswar-751009 

Memo No.B.12-5/2014                                Dated at Bhubaneswar the 01.07.15 

           In pursuance of C.O, Bhubaneswar letter No. RE/30-23/2014 (PA/SA) dated 24.06.15, the following Lower Grade Official of Bhubaneswar Division who has been declared qualified and allotted to Mayurbhanj  Division for appointment as PA ,is hereby directed to undergo ‘in house training’ as per the programme detailed below. 

Theoretical Training Programme

SL No.
Name & address of the newly recruited PA
Period of training
Time of training
Venue of training
Name & designation of the trainer
Mahadeb Sahu
Postman, SERPC SO
06-07-2014 to
10.00 Hrs  to  13.00 Hrs
Office chamber of the
ASP I/c Baripada Central Sub-division
Shri A.K. Swain, ASP I/c Baripada Central
Atulya Kumar Panda
Postman, Ashoknagar MDG
Buxi Jagabandhu Patra
Postman, MRColony SO

Programme for Practical Training at Baripada H.O.

Different branches of Head Office
Time of training
By whom the Practical Training to be imparted
Savings Bank
2 days
14.00 Hrs
18.00 Hrs
Group Supervisors concerned under the supervision of the Postmaster
Money Order
2 days
Registration & Parcel
2 days
2 days
2 days
1 day
3 days

Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
Bhubaneswar Division
Copy to: 

1.       The Asst. Director (Staff), O/o the Chief PMG (O), w.r.t C.O letter no. RE/30-23/2014 (PA/SA) dated 24.06.15.

2.       The SPOs, Mayurbhanj Division . This is to intimate that Sri Buxi Jagabandhu Patra has already been imparted with ‘in house training’ by this Division.

3.       The Senior Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO, Bhubaneswar-751001.

4.       The ASP (I/C), BBSR North Sub-Divn., Bhubaneswar-751001.

5.       The PM/SPM , Ashoknagar MDG/ MR Colony/ SERPC SO.

6.       The official concerned.

7.       Induction training file

8.       Office copy.