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Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Stamp tee off for National Postal Week

As a part of the ‘World Post Day’ celebrated on October 9, the Indian Postal Services will be celebrating the week from October 9 to October 15 as the National Postal Week.
At a conference, at the office of Postmaster General, Pune Region, Col VK Mishra, VSM said, “We will be addressing the issue of popularisation Indian Postal Services among the people. Right from Postal Life Insurance in urban and rural areas, to the savings accounts we wish to propagate the various facilities that the postal services provide.”
As part of the initiative the General Post Office (GPO) saw the inauguration of the ‘My Stamp’ counter, which will be open till October 21, held for the second time this year.
“A person can come and get his picture clicked in the counter. This is then printed on a stamp sheet alongside a Rs 5 stamp. A sheet of stamps will be available for Rs 300 with 12 stamps worth Rs 5 each.
There are 17 different templates for a person to choose from,” he added.
In addition, the week will also feature events like customer meets, a voluntary blood donation camp, a tree plantation drive, Dak Melas and a road show on Postal Life Insurance.
He said, “The department sends a total of 634 crore mails a year and there are a total of 1.54 lakh post offices in the country. There has been 32 per cent rise in the postal revenue while the savings bank of the postal department has risen by 46 per cent. Interestingly, the postal insurance in urban areas has increased by 9 per cent compared to last year while the rural service has increased by 59 per cent as compared to last year.”
Even the revenue generated by the Post on Wheels in the last six months has been the highest in the Western Zone to a tune of Rs 1.69 crore. “Some of the major tasks for the postal department this year include modernising the mails, improving the postal services, and increasing the postal insurance and even the savings,” he said.
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