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Saturday, February 5, 2011

India Post to launch customised stamps

Bang on the right side of the next envelope you post, you can have a portrait of yours stuck in place of the stamp. You may leave the receivers of that envelope wondering how you joined the league of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore who traditionally received the pride of place on stamp faces. But India Post, in its latest efforts to personalise mail and lift its sagging revenues, is all set to allow Indians customise their stamps from February 12. A plan to let large corporates in India personalise postage and bring out their own stationary is also on the cards.

To be termed as 'My Stamp', personalised postage is one of the several ideas that India Post is experimenting with to boost sagging revenues from personal mail, which have been on a huge deficit zone for the last five years. Deficit at the India Post increased 11% to about 23,700 crore till December 2010, from a year ago period.

"Personal mailing is on a decline in India, as opposed to business mailing. Many kids in India have not even used a stamp, with the arrival of the email," said an India Post spokeswoman.

The stamp will have two parts-the currency part and the photograph-detachable from each other. If the experiment with individual consumers is successful, Indian companies may also be allowed to carry their own logos and postage stationery in future, the spokeswoman added.

Thus Infosys, Wipro or Reliance may have its logo embedded in postage stationery, which can be personalised when a company achieves a certain milestone, as well. These milestones can be a large deal, a new CEO, an international listing or a big acquisition, which the company would like to be highlighted to its key audience.

For now, personalised postage is allowed only for individual citizens. One can also bring one's own or spouse's photo with an ID card, to have it converted into a personalised stamp. The services will start from the World Philatelic Exhibition - Indipex 2011 to be held at New Delhi next week.

To start with the stamps will be available for 150 for an eight-stamp sheet. The background, however, will have to be mandatorily chosen from six themes- Taj Mahal, Tales of Panchatantra, Sun Signs, Trains, Wildlife and Aeroplanes. "'My Stamp' is a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions such as engagements, birth of a baby, or to send as greetings to loved ones," a statement from India Post said.

Post offices to deliver Unique Identification Cards

More than 1 billion Indians will get their unique identification numbers from the ubiquitous post office. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), responsible for creating and distributing first of its kind unique identification numbers to Indian residents, signed an agreement with the Department of Posts, to this effect on Friday.

UIDAI will leverage a network of over 1.5 lakh post offices for registration, distribution and delivery of Aadhar, a 12-digit unique number linked to the resident's demographic and biometric information enabling access to various public schemes and benefits.

Former Infosys chief executive officer and UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said the partnership was strategic since post offices would ensure that Aadhar and accompanying identification authentication services reach to all Indian citizens. The department's ongoing technology upgradation would help people to track and confirm receipts, he added.

To be used in India for the first time as an identification document, Aadhar is also aimed at checking fraudulant disbursement of government subsidies and poverty alleviation programmes apart from rigging in elections since no two numbers would be same.

"We have an opportunity to use post offices for inclusive growth through this partnership. If we understand the road ahead, the post offices will be the centre for empowering people," Information Technology and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Over the next few days, UIDAI will begin the process of finalising an enrolment agency to set up and manage infrastructure of this gigantic project, authority's director general and mission director R S Sharma said. The agency will collect people's fingerprints and retina scans in more than 3,700 post offices across the country identified to be enrollment centers.

The postal department signed its first agreement with the UIDAI on April 30 last year to print and post letters carrying the unique identification numbers. The department's print-to-post facility at Kolkata is expected to print and dispatch about 1 crore UID letters up to March 31, 2011 and about 12 crore UID letters during 2011-12.


Salient Features of Statement of Intent:

UIDAI wishes to leverage the national network of the Department of Posts to provide Aadhaar and the accompany authentication services to all residents.

@ Department of Posts and UIDAI wish to collaborate to provide state of art bio-metric and ID authentication services to the residents.

@ Providing of enrolment and updation facility to the residents of India in identified post offices across the country subject to economic & operational viability.

@ Facilitating continuing Aadhaar enrolment and provision of up-dation centres across the network of Post Offices subject to feasibility & on mutually agreed terms

@ Transmission and delivery of UID letters to the residents of the country and providing proof of delivery of these letters through a service specially customized for UIDAI

@ Use of Aadhaar and Aadhaar based authentication services in Postal business where deemed fit by Department of Posts;

@ Sharing demographic and biometric data collected during enrolment for Aadhaar on mutually agreed terms & conditions;

@ Utilizing Media Post and Direct Mail services of Department of Posts by the UIDAI to targeted group of residents across the country to promote Aadhar on mutually agreed terms & conditions.

@ In a recognition of the fact that Aadhaar enablement may call for running Proof of Concept and Pilot projects both side agree to do so where deemed necessary and subject to mutual convenience. Such exercises as may be undertaken in pursuit of this understanding will endeavour to produce Detailed Project Reports which can be effectively used to scale up the projects on successful completion.


The mandate of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is to provide a Unique Identification Number to each and every resident of the country. This involves:-

a) Capture of demographic and bio-metric data of each and every resident.
b) Generating a Unique Identification Number for each resident of the country.
c) Printing a communication carrying the Unique Identification Number addressed to each resident.
d) Delivery of this communication to the resident.
e) Updation of resident’s data on a periodic basis.

Department of Posts has a vast network of post offices across the country which touches each and every resident of the country. The Department of Posts, therefore, is the only organization in the country that can provide an end to end comprehensive solution to the requirements of the UIDAI in this regard.

In view of above, Department of Posts and UIDAI came together and signed their first Memorandum of Understanding on 30th April, 2010. This MOU covers the following areas:-
a) Printing of communication carrying UID Number addressed to the resident at Department of Posts ‘Print to Post’ facility at Kolkata GPO.
b) Transmission of the UID communications printed at Department of Posts’ ‘Print to Post’ facility to the addressee by the fastest means.
c) Delivery of the UID communication to the addressee through the vast network of post offices across the country.

The ‘Print to Post’ facility of Department of Posts at Kolkata is expected to print and dispatch about 1 crore UID letters upto March 31, 2011. During the year 2011-12, Department of Posts is expected to print and deliver about 12 crore UID letters.

Subsequently, Department of Posts signed the second Memorandum of Understanding with UIDAI on the September 18, 2010 wherein Department of Posts agreed to act as Registrar to UIDAI. UIDAI is in the process of shortlisting the Enrolment Agencies that will manage the Enrolment Stations in the identified post offices. More than 3700 post offices across the country have been identified for providing enrolment stations facility.

Introduction of Domestic Flat Rate Box

With the Indian economy growing at a very fast pace, the express parcel industry has been growing consistently. As a part of business strategy and with a view to restructure its parcel business, Department of Posts has launched Flat Rate Parcel (Domestic) service.

Flat Rate Parcel provides an added convenience to the customers by offering them pre-paid Flat Rate Parcel boxes. Now our Customers would not have to bother for packaging material to pack their parcels as high quality and standardized corrugated flat rate parcel boxes specially designed to ensure safe and secure transmission of the consignments will be available at the Post Offices. These boxes will be available in three weight slabs viz. 1 Kg, 2.5 Kg and 5 Kg. Flat Rate Boxes have also been given a high quality sealing tape at the inner lid. Now Parcels do not require to be in cloth wrapping/ wax sealing. Flat Rate Parcel is an air express service hence the parcels are given airlift on the same lines as Speed Post.

The Flat Rate Parcel (Domestic) tariff will be as follows:

Flat Rate Parcel

Boxes size

Dimension of boxes

(in mm)

Weight

(in Kg.

Tariff

(in Rs.

Small - S

250*50*300

0 to 1

125

Medium - M

250*100*300

Above 1 to 2.5

200

Large - L

300*250*200

Above 2.5 to 5

400


Flat Rate Parcel boxes will be sold at Head Post Offices and other identified Computerized Post Offices. These parcels will be delivered across India including

rural areas.

With this customer friendly service, Department will be able to standardize the parcel service for operational convenience along with added facility to the customer.Department has already introduced International Flat Rate Parcel Service in the same weight categories.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Special concessions/ facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley

NO. 1801613120 10-Estt.(L)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

******

North Block, New Delhi.

Dated, the 27th January, 201 1

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Special concessions/ facilities to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's 0.M of even number dated 15lh March, 2010 and corrigendum dated 28.12.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the Department of Jammu & Kashmir Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs has reviewed the matter in consultation with the Ministryof Finance and this Department, and it has been decided that the existing package of concessions1incentives earlier extended to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley upto 31.12.20 10 may be continued further for a further period of one year with effect fiom 01.01.2011 to 31.12.2011. A copy of the details of the package of incentives is enclosed in the Annexure to this O.M. for ready reference.

2. The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries1 Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package. The concerned MinistryDepartment may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all Court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the MinistriesDepartments concerned.


Encl: As above

Sd/-

(Zoya C.B)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

To

All MinistriesDepartments of the Govt. of India

Extension of Risk Allowance

No.2101210112008-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dtd. 25th January, 201 1.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of Risk Allowance till 30.06.201 1.

The undersigned is directed to refer this Department's OM No. 2101210 112008-Estt.(AL) dated 13.10.20 10 vide which payment of Risk Allowance was extended till 3 1.12.20 10. Extension of Risk Allowance for a further period of six months beyond 3 1.12.2010 has been considered and it has been decided that Risk Allowance may be continued for a further period of six months upto 30.06.201 1 or till such time Risk Insurance Scheme is implemented, whichever is earlier. All the MinistriesDepartments are requested to ensure implementation of Risk Insurance Scheme before 30.06.2011. No further extension will considered thereafter.

Sd/-

( Zoya C.B.)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

To

All the Ministries/ Departments


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

K V Narayanan is no more

Shri. K V Narayanan, former General Secretary of NU RIV and former convenor of FNPO, Kerala Circle, passed away on 29.01.2011. The funeral function will be held at 4 PM today at Cheliya, Calicut.

Shri. K V Narayanan was one of the founding leader of FNPO. He had served as the Circle Secretary of NUR III, Convenor of FNPTO and later of FNPO.

FNPO dips its flag in salute of the of the demise of our beloved leader and and conveys heartfelt condolence to his bereaved family members.