Chandigarh 13th October:- India Post celebrates the National Postal Week every October, starting with World Post Day which is celebrated every year on 9th October. The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of postal sector in peoples’ and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. Today DoP is celebrating “Business Development Day”.
On this occasion, Anil Kumar, CPMG Punjab & U.T Chandigarh apprised about the recent transformation of India Post under IT Modernization Project & stated that post offices in India are taking up new assignments and challenges to meet the societal requirement, while contributing to accelerated economic development of the nation. Today, India Post is even serving as a major player in e-commerce market. He also intimated that all the departmental post offices of the Circle are under Core Banking Solution& Core System Integrated Project & rural post offices have been provided with hand held devices under DARPAN Project to cater to the needs of the rural and agrarian populace for ensuring better access to postal and financial services. In rural area, it would be beneficial for biometric authorization and disbursements. India Post have been offering special facilities to our corporate and bulk customers for despatching all kind of services anywhere in the country.
Department has also opened mail corridor in Punjab & U.T Chandigarh by connecting all the major stations for next day delivery of mail. Air connectivity has also been given to 16 cities of India. Department has also started the service of International Tracked Packets Service to cater the needs of the customers sending articles to abroad. Now India Post has started e-Commerce exports from India and encourage digitalization of customers and postal documentation. In Punjab one full fledged Foreign Post Office has been established in Ludhiana to provide speedy custom clearance and complete other online formalities before despatch of foreign articles to respective country from Ludhiana itself.
Technological upgradation of all Post Offices has already taken place in 770 departmental post offices as well as 3100 Branch Post Offices of the Circle. As on date, 503 post offices of the Circle also act as Aadhaar Enrolment cum updation centres and 5 post offices namely Patiala HO, Bathinda HO, Pathankot HO, Moga HO and Phagwara HO of the Circle also act as Post Office Passport Seva Kendras. ATM facilities have also been provided to the customers of India Post with interoperability with other Banks. As of now 26 ATMs are operational in Punjab and U.T. Chandigarh. Now, customer can access their CBS POSB accounts from anywhere in the country.
CPMG also informed that Punjab Postal Circle has set up a total of 22 IPPB branches in Punjab in addition to 1 IPPB branch in U.T Chandigarh covering 3870 post offices on the Circle. So far 26352 IPPB accounts have already opened. The aspiration for the India Post Payments Bank is to become the most accessible bank in the world riding on state of the art banking and payments technology. Coupled with the physical presence across 1.55 lakh post offices PAN India and the reach of “The Dakiya”, the India Post Payments Bank aims to become a powerful and effective vehicle of real financial inclusion in the country.
The Department has been instrumental in providing large variety of services to its customers through Post Offices viz. Saving Schemes, RPLI, PLI, Western Union Money Transfer Service, sale of Punjab State Lottery Tickets (Punjab only). Approximately two crore revenue is earned every year by sale of lottery tickets. Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurace has get the momentum in the last years due to providing online collection of premium and its high bonus low premium feature. This year We have procured 1667 PLI policies with Sum Assured Rs. 10.27 Crore and 2143 RPLI policies for Sum assured Rs. 33.25 Crore upto now. Energy Efficiency appliances i.e, LED Bulbs, LED Tubes & Fans are also distributed through Post Offices. Railway Tickets are booked in selected Post Offices.
On this ocassion Chief Postmaster General also informed that seven postal employees have been awarded for their meritorious services rendered for providing best services to customers and technology excellence in the form of Dak Sewa award among different categories of employees. This year is special for Punjab Circle when Meghdoot Award in the Gramin Dak Sewak category goes to Punjab. Narinder Kumar Gramin Dak Sewak Branch Postmaster Dagan B.O. under Hoshiarpur Division will be honoured in New Delhi by MoS for communication for his outstanding performance and meritorious public service at all India level.
During last one year Punjab Circle has won six medals under different sports and cultural events of all India level and awardees are being facilitated separately at Amritsar on 25.10.2018 for their performance in different sports fields. Baldev Singh SPM Khalra S.O. under Amritsar Division won Gold Medal in 20,000 Meter Race, Sandeep Kumar PA Fazilka , Jagjit Singh Postman Kurali and Harjeet Singh PA Sabzi Mandi PO Ferozepur won Silvar in Olympic Sprint (Cycling) team event. In Best Physique 95 Kg category Sachin Kumar PA, JF Mills PO Amritsar and 55 Kg category and Tajinder Singh GDSBPM , Lalu Khuman BO under Amritsar Division won Bronze Medal.
Punjab Circle has performed very well in providing services in the field of Atal Pension Yojana, Sukanya Samridhi Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojna by way of opening new accounts and insuring urban and rural population. This year we have made 2111 APY enrolments ( Ist in the country) , PMSBY 75242 and PMJJY 1901 and also opened 32758 Sukanya Samridhi accounts.
Anil Kumar, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab & UT Chandigarh facilitate the ocassion where P.M. Lal, Postmaster General was also present.