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Thursday, March 26, 2015

DPC for promotion to PS Group 'B' cadre for the year 2015-16 - Readiness of documents

Directorate has asked the Circles vide Personal Division Letter No.9-02/2015-SPG dated 26-03-2015 to take prescribed preparatory action in respect of Inspector Line Officers of OC Category up to the batch Year-1993 and of SC/ST Category up to the batch Year-1996 to make available the relevant documents to the Directorate in short notice. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Transfer and Posting in Officiating PS Group-B Cadre

SK. Md. Noman, Offtg Astt. Director (LC), Circle Office, Bhubaneswar is transferred and posted as Offtg. SPOs, Balasore Division, Balasore vice Shri C.M. Mohapatra, retiring on superannuation on 31/03/2015(A/N), vide Circle Office Memo No.ST/2-4(2)/2013 dated 25-03-2015.  

Clarification on eligibility age for opening "Sukanya Samriddhi Account" under Small Savings Schemes.

Revised procedure for booking and processing of International Parcels and EMS Merchandise

To view Department of Posts(IR &GB Division) OM No.19-03/2015-DA dated 20-03-2015 please Click Here.

Guidelines of Department of Personnel & Training ( DOPT) regarding representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities and the Women in Selection Board/Committees

To view Department of Posts Letter No.12-2/2013-SCT dated 16.03.2015 please Click Here.

UPU News:-UNCTAD includes home postal delivery in new e-commerce index

A United Nations report says postal networks are critical elements of the e-commerce chain and includes home postal delivery as an indicator in a new global index measuring countries’ e-commerce readiness.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s report,Information Economy Report 2015: Unlocking the potential of e-commerce for developing countries, says the national postal network is a cost-effective way for connecting all citizens and businesses to the global e-commerce economy, especially for consumers and producers outside urban areas and in underserved communities.
For UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein, this report underlines the need for Posts to get ready for the growth of business-to-consumers (B2C) e-commerce. It is expected to double from 1.2 billion USD in 2013 to 2.4 billion USD in 2018, according to the research firm e-Marketer.
“Posts are seeing the mail makeup changing, with more merchandises making their way through their networks,” says Hussein. “They must prepare for this growth by adapting their products and services, processes and infrastructure.”
The new UNCTAD index enables countries to compare their e-commerce capabilities with that of others. 
Aside from home postal delivery, the index also includes credit-card usage, secure Internet servers and Internet use as key indicators.
The report finds that rates of population covered by postal service and secure Internet servers are higher than individual access to the Internet and credit cards.
But it also highlights significant inequalities in access to home delivery of mail. “While over half the countries cover more than 90 per cent of their population with home postal services, around a third provide coverage to less than half their population,” says the report.

Universal access important

While some online vendors are offering their own courier services, the report says that these services need to be cost-effective to be accessible. “The proliferation of private, proprietary, closed-delivery networks, whilst initially providing a catalyst for e-commerce growth, also introduces limitations of scale for universal access, especially for underserved communities. This is where a national infrastructure, such as the postal network, is particularly important,” states the report.
The report also includes logistics, trade facilitation and universal address and postcode systems as key policy areas to be considered in any national strategy to foster domestic and cross-border e-commerce.
Hussein says Posts could address other challenges included in the UNCTAD report, such as providing effective and secure payment solutions, trade facilitation support for micro, small and medium-size enterprises, logistics and easing access to online marketplaces.
The UPU recently took steps to help Posts, e-tailers and customers prepare for global e-commerce by delivering a new programme to its membership complete with new e-commerce parcel and merchandise-returns services. 
Between 2011 and 2014, global deliveries of small packets and parcels by Posts worldwide increased by some 48% to reach some 357 million items. In Asia and Oceania, where there are some reported 460 million online shoppers, the share of related exports rose from 25.5 to 32.9 per cent during the same period, while its share of imports rose to 23.9 from 15 per cent.
In industrialized countries, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than one third of a Post’s total revenues come from parcel post.

Fast growth

According to the UNCTAD report, the fastest B2C e-commerce growth by 2018 is expected in the Asia and Oceania region (market share to rise from 28 to 37 per cent), while the Middle East and Africa will see its share of the global market rise to 2.5 per cent from 2.2 per cent. The combined share of Western Europe and North America is expected to go down to 53 per cent from 61 per cent, it adds.
The report also points out that for most developing countries, enhancing payment methods and parcel delivery are important for improving e-commerce usage, especially when Internet penetration has reached a certain threshold.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Railways launches RuPay pre-paid debit card service

Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service here today. 

The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India.

"It is a union with your bank for customers' interest," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here while launching the IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card. 

RuPay is India's own card payment gateway network like Visa and Master Card, and provides an alternative system for banks to provide a debit card service. 

Prabhu said Railways is partnering with banks and financial institutions to promote passengers' interest. 

"It is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's financial inclusive programme as one does not need to have a bank account in UBI to have the card and you can avail it online also," Prabhu said. 

IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha said the card is a first-of-its-kind in the market as both virtual as well as physical cards are being issued to customers in two variants. 

Cards can be made available from UBI offices or through IRCTC online. Initially the service will be available for booking tickets and later on shopping and bill payments will be added. 

UBI CMD Arun Tiwari said "the card holder will get free Rs 1 lakh accident insurance coverage as part of the benefits to customers." 

In order to make the card attractive, reward points will be given on each transaction. 

One can have the card with a loading limit of Rs 10,000 with partial "Know Your Customer" (KYC) detail or Rs 50,000 loading limit with full KYC. 

Manocha said the first five transactions per card every month done on IRCTC for purchase of train tickets will be free and no transaction charges will be levied to customers for six months only. 

For every subsequent transaction post the free usage, customer will be charged Rs 10 per transaction. 

The transaction charge would be Rs 10 per ticket for booking a ticket through the card on the IRCTC portal. 

IRCTC had signed an MoU with UBI for executing the RuPay card project.

Source:-The Economic Times