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When the dakiya brings mail, and new mobile


Every weekday, the four postmen at the main post office diligently sort parcels from online retailers. (Representative photo)

Avijit Ghosh travels to a quiet corner of Rajasthan's Sikar district to see how the postman is delivering on aspirations in mofussil India

Manoj Sharma's small shop sits a little past a demolished haveli and beyond the clock tower in Lachhmangarh's bustling New Market. The Sharmas are among the top wholesale distributors of FMCGs in these parts, and ironically it's this business that took Manoj to the irresistible world of online shopping two years ago. Having exceeded the sales target for a chewing gum brand, he was gifted a Flipkart voucher worth Rs 9,000. The 34-year-old shopkeeper got himself a watch and an electric kettle. He also got hooked to online shopping.

Saris, badminton racquets, shoes, jeans, perfumes, smartphones — the Sharmas have it all delivered to their doorstep, largely courtesy India Post. Elder brother Vinod explains why: "Smartphones allow you to shop anytime, anywhere. In fact, the net makes you buy things you don't really want. And it has more choice than shops here."

About two kilometres away, postman Suresh Kumar is on his way to Islampura colony carrying a bunch of letters and parcels. There's nothing in his bag for auto spares seller Mohd Yunus Qureshi today. But they know each other well. In recent months, Kumar has delivered blankets, bedsheets, kitchen sets and mobiles to Qureshi and others in Lacchmangarh.

Customers such as the Sharmas and Qureshi account for the spurt in online commerce in Tier-II towns and beyond. With few courier services around, there is primarily India Post to handle last-mile delivery in these areas. Not surprisingly, its revenues have galloped in the past year. Department of Posts statistics show that after a 2% decline in 2013-14, parcel revenues shot up by 37% in 2014-15. These registered a staggering 117% growth till Oct 31 in the current financial year. Speed Post revenue too has shot up by 16%. Cash on delivery (COD) collection has already reached the coveted Rs 1,000 crore mark. The figure is likely to cross Rs 1,500 crore by the end of current financial year.

Much of this boom has been powered by a tie-up between 400 e-commerce agencies such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal and India Post, which delivers pre-paid and COD items in small towns like Lachhmangarh.

"Over 70% of orders on Snapdeal are from smaller cities and towns. The tie-up with India Post has enabled us to service our customers wherever they are," says Ashish Chitravanshi, VP, operations.

As per 2011 census statistics, Lachhmangarh municipality has a population of 53,000 of whom over 14,000 are engaged in business, service or agriculture. About 40% are Muslims and several males working in the Gulf send back remittances. The sprawling Mody University, with over 2,300 students and 200 full-time faculty members, has brought in more purchasing power.

Every weekday, the four postmen at the main post office diligently sort parcels from online retailers. Postman Kishoremal Sharma says he delivers an average of five to eight COD items to students. "I ride a bicyle to work. Sometimes I need three sacks to carry the parcels. In fact, I have even rented a three-wheeler to carry them sometimes," he says. Even in nearby Narodra village, grameen dak sewak Suresh Jakhad gets three to four packets every week.

Postmaster Balveer Singh collates the figures: "In the financial year 2013-14, Lachhmangarh's main post office, pin code 332311, received only 85 COD parcels. It jumped to 451 the next year. Between April 1, 2015 and January 20 this year, the figure had already reached 668. The educated prefer to place orders online; others book from teleshopping channels." The post office has also seen a spurt in orders from niche players like Naaptol, which operates through web, TV and mobile app.

Vinod Sharma says full page ads in newspapers announcing special discounts bring a sense of excitement all around. "People discuss it at tea shops, dinner tables," he says.

The biggest advantage, says school teacher Vijay Kumar Sharma, 39, is that you get to order the latest stuff. Over the months, he has bought power banks, mobiles — "I even bought five phones for my colleagues,'' he says — LED bulbs, and a TV.

The system is not without glitches, just as it is not in big cities. The register at Lachchmangarh post office shows that several COD items are returned. Many such parcels are returned by the recipient. The postmen say they generally have two complaints. One, the amount charged is more than that displayed on TV. Two, the recipients had only made an enquiry and was stuck with a product instead.

Despite the problems, Lachhmangarh, like many other small towns in India's hinterland, is happy to shop online. Postmaster Balveer certainly likes the extra business. "It's more work but it has made us more relevant."


Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

India Post is grappling with e-tail shift: Kavery Banerjee


The department of posts is leaving no stone unturned to ride on the e-commerce boom across the country. From making dedicated corridors for delivery to training postmen to handle big volumes, besides connecting all postal products through technology, the department has chalked a strategy to overcome the shift in their functioning. Secretary of Department of Posts, Kavery Banerjee, tells Mansi Taneja the plan for e-commerce and the payments bank venture. Excerpts:

E-commerce has come as a boon for the postal department. What is the long-term strategy to boost revenues?

We have been focusing on our strategy and how to move forward for the past one year. E- commerce has emerged as a key opportunity. Our revenue and parcel revenues have grown by 120 per cent. We are grappling with a paradigm shift. A fresh look is being given to ways of processing, transmission, and delivery. We have set up 48 dedicated processing centres for handling parcels.

The maximum orders are coming from smaller places where aspirations are high - Tier-II and -III cities and small villages such as in Leh and Ladakh and north-eastern regions.

India Post is a natural partner for e-commerce companies because of our reach and network. We are looking at 100 per cent year-on-year growth and by March we will generate revenues of Rs 250 crore from parcels and speed post. Through cash-on-delivery, we reached Rs 1,200 crore.

How are you coping up with huge volumes from the e-commerce sector? Do you plan to purchase your own vehicles for a better delivery mechanism?

We are struggling with huge volumes in e-commerce. We are struggling with airlines, that have their own capacity constraints.

Planning to set up dedicated routes through roads for delivery. We are also in the process of aggregating delivery centres and booking offices. It will be vehicle-driven.

We are exploring how to incentivise postmen to use their vehicles for delivery where possible. In hilly and difficult terrains, the mode has to be on foot.

For major areas, we plan to outsource vehicles.

What kind of incentives?

We want to make it more attractive to postmen/delivery agents for using their own vehicles and considering various options. We have set up a committee to look into the compensation of rural officers, mainly who work part-time and plan to restructure accordingly. This happens every time the Pay Commission is announced.

The committee's report will be out in sometime, after which we have to look at the financial implications and take finance ministry's approval for it.

There have been issues with last-mile delivery. Many e-commerce firms have been complaining about delays in delivery and loss of items.

We have put in a place a track-and-trace system. Technology has not reached smaller post offices, which is why it takes time to upload information.

We have explained this to all our e-commerce partners about timings in smaller towns and villages. One can't expect a delivery in a village within a day.

We have made arrangements to deliver outside office hours and even, on holidays now.

Also, we will be connecting all our postal products - letters, parcels and other - through technology, which will enable immediate uploading of information - booking, delivery and timings. Currently, the trials are going on and we plan to roll it out by end of this year. We have also rolled out solar powered handheld devices through which one can send money orders/remittances and also make payments for various government run schemes. The department is looking to roll out 20,000 such devices by end of this month and 130,000 by end of March 2017.

How are you training your existing staff with this change in the functioning of the department? Are you concerned over the age profile?

E-commerce in India has suddenly taken off, in the last two years, while in the West, they moved towards it gradually over 15 years. It has taken us by surprise as well.

There are many rounds of training going on for the staff all over the country. Courses are available online as well with a focus on e-commerce.

We are working on their skills - how to interact with people. Age profile is shifting, we have inducted a lot of young people recently. Many of them are engineers. For instance, for 800 vacancies in Delhi, we got some 30 lakh applications and most of them were doctors, engineers, paramedics. These people come with a certain background and are comfortable using technology. We are also rotating people in different sections.

What is the update on your Payments Bank venture. Will it be first step towards a full-fledged bank?

We have selected a consultant for this venture. We have to submit the plan to RBI March 2017. We want to leverage our reach and network. Every post office will be a point of access. We also plan to set up white labeled ATMs.

We will have various tie-ups for the venture, will mix use of delivery staff to facilitate doorstep banking. Our 2.8 lakh network of small saving agents will also be used. We can also partner with banks to offer credit products. We will launch products which will not be in direct competition to our existing portfolio.

Money order might be hived off and make way for remittances through Payments bank riding on technology. It will be much cheaper, we have seen traffic coming down in money orders because it is expensive.We will also look at last mile delivery of payments. We will hire set of professionals for running banking operations of Payments Bank.

The plan is to set up a full bank, Payments bank is the first step. Banks consider us to be a serious threat and there is serious resistance against us getting into banking space.

400 e-tailers team up with postal department for delivery

NEW DELHI: More than 400 e-commerce companies are leveraging the extensive reach of the Department of Posts (DoP) in an effort to deliver their consignments at every nook and corner of the country.

"The Department has tied up with more than 400 e-commerce agencies, including Flipkart, Amazon, YepMe, Snapdeal and the like for delivering e-commerce pre-paid as well as cash-on-delivery (COD) orders," an internal note of the communications and IT ministry said.

DoP has a network of some 1.55 lakh post offices, of which 1.3 lakh are in rural areas.

Of all, Amazon is the biggest partner in terms of business with India Posts.

As per the note, DoP received Rs 1,150 crore from parcels under the COD category, which is expected to cross the Rs 1,500-crore mark by the end of the current fiscal.

"DoP is delivering 40,000 e-commerce parcels per day and the average value of parcels handled by India Post is Rs 5,000 for urban areas and Rs 3,000 for rural areas," the note said

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Opening of New Aundh SO 411067 under Pune City West Division, Pune Region Maharashtra Circle

New Aundh- 411067 delivery Post Office under Pune City West Division has been opened on 15.03.2016. 

Aundh PO was inaugurated by the hands of Smt. Sumitha Ayodhya, DPS Pune Region, Pune.

On this occasion Shri F. B. Sayyed APMG RO Pune, Shri R. K. Rakate SSPOs Pune City West Division, Shri K. R. Korde Sr Postmaster Pune City HO, Shri Dattatray Gaikwad Ex Mayor Pune, Smt. Sangeeta Gaikwad Corporator PMC Pune were present.


















Core Banking facility available at over 20K Post Offices

New Delhi: Customers with Post Office savings can now operate their accounts from 20,106 branches as they have been connected with core banking facility, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.


"By today number of Core Banking Branches of @IndiaPostOffice touched 20,106. It had only about 230 such branches in May 2014," Prasad said in his tweet.

Implementation of Core Banking Solution (CBS) is part of the IT Modernization Project of the Department of Posts (DoP) that aims to bring in various IT solutions with the required IT infrastructure to the post offices.

DoP has decided to implement CBS in all departmental post offices including provision of ATM and Internet banking facilities.

The postal department has also received 'In-Principle' approval from the Reserve Bank of India September 7, 2015 for setting up of the Payments Bank within 18 months.

The Department has received clearance for funds from the Public Investment Board (PIB) for the payment banks and is in the process to take which will be followed by approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

The DoP is now providing core insurance solution at 25,406 post offices. It has installed ATMs at 576 post offices.

Grant of HRA at a higher rate to the CG Servants posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) - Court Case Reg

Grant of HRA at a higher rate ('B' category) to the Central Government Servants posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) - Court Case Regarding


COURT-CASE MOST URGENT 

F. NO. 4-23/2000-PAP 
GOVERNMENT OFINDIA 
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION & IT 
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS 
(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION).A.P. SECTION 
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI - 110 001 

DATED, THE Ol MARCH, 2016. 
To 
The Chief Post Master General, N.E. Postal Circle, 
Shillong -793001 
ORDER 

Subject: Grant of HRA at a higher rate CB' category) to the Central Government Servants posted at 
Aizawl (Mizoram)-Court Case regarding. 

Central Government Employees Federation of Mizoram, General Head Quarters, Aizawl, Mizoram made a representation to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India claiming House Rent Allowance at 'B' Class City rates and Compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation at the rate of 10% to the Central Government Employees posted in Mizoram State based on the judgement passed by Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No. 2715/91 - Union of India & Ors V/s Shri S.K. Ghosh & Others and Department of Posts Order No. 8-40/87-PAP dated 7.3.1994 & No. 4-52/98-PAP dated 27.02.1999. On rejection of their claim, the Central Government Employees posted in the State of Mizoram approached the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati under O.A. No. 381/2000. The Hon'ble CAT, in para - 5 of its order dated 12.04.2002 pronounced as under:- 

"In view of the position enumerated above, I am of the view that the applicants are entitled to House Rent Allowance at the rate prescribed for B class cities to the Central Government employees which should be payable to the applicants at the rate of 15% from 1. 1. 1986 to 30. 9. 1986 and from 1. 10. 86 to 30.9.86.and from 1.10.1986 at flat rate prescribed under O.M. dated 7. 8. 1987 read with another O.M. dated 13.11.1987 and the Notification GSR No.623 (E) amending the Fundamental Rule 45 A with effect from 1.7.1987. 

As regards the claim for compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation the respondents are to act in conformity with the Office Memorandum No, 12-11/60-

ACC-I dated 2.8.1960, O. M. dated 23.2.1986 and 22.5.1987 and also to O.M. dated 13.11.1987. The respondents shall examine the each case on merits and thereafter shall pass necessary order in individual cases. Rent free unfurnished accommodation is admissible to Central Government employees having all India transfer liability only those who are posted in Mizoram or HRA at the rate prescribed from time to time. Compensation and admissible HRA shall be granted to those persons who are entitled to rent free accommodation and could not be provided accommodation and the above benefit shall be granted only to the Central Government employees having all India Transfer liability and posted in Mizoram vide letter No.ll015/l/E/(B)/76 dated 31.7.1977. The respondents shall examine the individual cases and thereafter pass necessary orders in those cases, others will not be eligible for the same. The application is allowed in part, No costs." 

2. The Department filed WP No.2955/2003 in the Hon'ble High Court of Guwahati against the orders of the CAT dated 12-04-2002. The Hon'ble High Court in its judgment dated 25.4.2003, "disposed of the appeal with the observations that the directions given by the Learned Tribunal in the last part of the Judgment quoted above shall be complied with by the Central Government after taking due consideration of the observations recorded within a period of 6 months. The High Court observed that the case of each and every Central Government employee posted in the State of Mizoram will have to be taken separately and appropriate orders shall be passed thereon after such consideration in terms of OM dated 23-09-86, 19-03-87 and 13-11-87. The Hon'ble High Court, however, observed that the employees posted in Aizawl Headquarters of the State of Mizoram being a 'C' Class city may not be entitled to HRA as prescribed for 'B' Class cities". 

3. Aggrieved by the order of the Hon'ble High Court of Guwahati, the Central Government Employees filed a Civil Appeal No.646/2005 in the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court stayed the operation of the Judgment order dated 25-04-2003 of the High Court of Guwahati in WP No.2955/2003, The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has dismissed the civil appeal and passed the orders dated 17.07.2013 as under:- 

"We have thoughtfully considered the submissions of the learned counsel. In our view, the direction given by the Tribunal, which has been confirmed by the High Court, merely ordains consideration of the cases of each employee for grant of City Compensatory Allowance in accordance with O.M. dated 02.08.1960, O.M. dated 23.02.1986 and 22.5.1987 as also O.M. dated 13.11.1987 and nothing more. Therefore, the impugned order as also the one passed by the Tribunal do not call for interference by this Court under Article 136 of the Constitution. With the above observation, the appeal is dismissed. 

However, it is made clear that if the Government of India has issued fresh instructions after 13.11.1987 then the cases of the respondents shall be considered in accordance with the latest instructions." 

4. Consequent upon obtaining the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing of this Department, the, matter was referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for decision. 

5. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has considered the matter and accorded their approval in view of the decision taken by the Department of Posts to not to file any Review Petition in the matter and as the Ministry of Law & Justice has advised Department of Posts to take administrative decision for implementation of the said order of Hon'ble Tribunal, implementation of the Order dated 

12.04.2002 passed by the Hon'ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in O.A. No. 381/2000 for grant of House Rent Allowance at 'B' class cities rates, as admissible from time to time, is agreed to. 

6. Since, the Department of Posts had represented the Union of India on behalf of all the respondents Ministries/Departments/ Offices, the approval accorded by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is therefore conveyed to all the Respondent Ministries/Departments/Offices for issuing appropriate instructions for compliance of orders dated 12,04.2002 of Hon'ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in respect of the employees working under their administrative control who were/are Applicants in the said OA No. 381/2000, 

7. This has the approval of the Competent Authority. 

(K.V. Mjayakumar) 
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

City’s postal workers walk the ramp as part of an initiative by DoP to encourage its staff to be well-groomed when on duty

CHENNAI, March 15, 2016

Participants at the ramp walk held by the postal department in the city —Photo: Special Arrangement 

Postmen and post women are accustomed to walking — on the roads.

In a welcome break from routine, they walked the ramp on Friday, as part of an initiative by Postal Department to encourage its staff to be well-groomed when on duty. Nearly 220 staff members of the Department participated in the preliminary rounds of a ramp walk contest. 30 were chosen for the final rounds and the top three in the categories for men and women were given cash prizes and a bicycle.

Muruganandam, a multitasking staff working in the Office of Postmaster General, Chennai City Region and Kalpana, post woman in Vysarapadi post office won in their respective categories.

Jayanth Murali, Inspector General of Police and J. T. Venkateswarulu, postmaster general, were among the judges.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/

Government has kept only 75% of implementation cost for Pay commission report

New Delhi:- Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s government has budgeted to meet nearly three-fourths of the estimated cost of the 7th Pay Commission report in 2016-17 with a provision of some Rs 53,500 crore, as it deferred the payment of extra allowances of about Rs 22,000 crore. 

The budgetary outlay for salaries and pensions rose by Rs 59,000 crore or 21% to Rs 3.36 lakh crore in FY17, while the pay panel had pegged the annual hike in the outlay for pay, pension and allowances from the business-as-usual scenario at Rs 73,650 crore. 

While the outgo on the one rank, one pension (OROP) scheme is subsumed in the above budget outlay for FY17, the commission had estimated the overall increase in pay, allowance and pensions (PAP) over the usual scenario at 23.6%. Despite no provision for allowances, the extra PAP outlay made by finance minister Arun Jaitley for FY17 is tending closer to the additional expenditure estimated by the commission. 

That’s because the Budget provided for around Rs 6,000 crore to meet some non-pay commission increments to the staff and certain non-salary revenue expenditure on the armed forces, sources said. For reasons of confidentiality, the defence salary bill is not explicitly stated by the government. 
The Budget addresses a 16% overall hike in the salary and pension of central government staff. However, the increase in pension outlay is a little more than what the commission proposed thanks to OROP for the armed forces. Separately, the cost of OROP was estimated at about Rs 10,000 crore for FY17. 

Apart from the estimate for FY17, the Centre will also have to foot the arrears bill for the first three months (January-March) of the pay panel’s award period sooner or later. 

Of the Rs 1.02 lakh crore additional expenditure needed to meet pay panel award in FY17, Rs 73,650 crore would be via the Union Budget and Rs 28,450 crore routed through the Railway Budget. The allocations for allowances, mostly house rent allowance, would depend on the report of a committee of secretaries which is going through the recommendations of the commission. 

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