Friday, March 6, 2015

Smt. Shoba Koshy to head Child Rights Commission

  Our former Chief PMG, Smt. Shoba Koshy has been appointed by the Kerala Government as the Chairperson of the Kerala State Commission for protection of Child Rights. The State Cabinet which met on 4.3.15, nominated Ms. Koshy in place of Smt. Neela Gangadharan, former Chief Secretary, whose tenure ended recently. 

   Hearty Congrats to Shoba Mam on this prestigious achievement and all the very best in her new venture. 


  


Saturday, February 28, 2015

PS Group B examination vacancies- GS writes to Directorate

No. GS/AIAIPASP/PS Gr.B-Exam 13-14/2015              dated  :       27/2/2015.
To,
Shri Rajkumar,
Director (Staff),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
Sub :          Vacancy position for PS Gr. B Examinations 2013 and 2014.
Respected Sir,
IP/ASP Association would like to draw your kind attention to its letter of even number dated 28/1/2015 vide which it was requested to furnish the details of vacancies reserved for ensuing PS Gr. B Examination for the year 2013 and 2014, but as on date no information is received from Directorate.   
It is to bring to your kind notice that Directorate vide Memo No. A.34012/01/2015-DE dated 15/1/2015 has circulated calendar of departmental examinations scheduled to be held in the year 2015 wherein it is mentioned that PS Gr. B Examination 2013 and 2014 are scheduled on 21/6/2015 and 18/10/2015 respectively.
DPCs for the promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the vacancy year 2013 and 2014 have already been convened on 10/10/2013 and 26/2/2015 respectively.
It is therefore once again requested to kindly intimate the details of number of vacancies reserved for PS Gr. B Examination for the year 2013 and 2014 at the earliest.
Yours sincerely,
sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

India Post targets 50-fold growth in e-commerce revenue

BENGALURU: Internet retailers may have been the bane of the  brick-and-mortar retail trade and a pain for the old order of things, but for  one relic from the past, they are a proving to be a veritable godsend.

For India Post, a 240-year-old straggler long fighting for relevance in a  digital economy, the explosive growth in this new-age business has offered it a  fresh lease of life and given it the luxury of dreaming big.These dreams have been bolstered by firms such as Flipkart and Amazon signing up for its services and with the theatre of  activity for the fastgrowing ecommerce sector now moving to the country's remote  corners.

The Department  of Posts is targeting a seemingly implausible 50-fold increase in ecommerce  revenues. "With decline in document shipments, ecommerce is our department's new  focus," a top official at the Department of Posts, told ET. "We are targeting Rs .5,000 crore in revenue from this segment alone in the next 24 months." It won't be an easy  task given that in the previous fiscal year to end-March 2014, it earned Rs  10,750 crore in overall turnover.This year, it is on course to earn Rs  100 crore as delivery revenues from ecommerce firms, giving the department's  claims a dark ring of incredulity as it is looking at a 50-fold jump in just two  years. But officials point out that India Post had managed to expand ecommerce delivery revenues from Rs 20 crore toRs 100 crore in just a year, and given the explosive growth  the sector is seeing, an exponential increase in revenues is not impossible. The  department started cash on delivery pilots with Amazon in 2013. But the service  picked up steam only in 2014, when it signed up players such as Flipkart,  Snapdeal and Shopclues.

Karnataka and Haryana currently account for most  ecommerce shipments followed by Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. India's  onlineretail industry is expected to soar to $23 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) by 2018  from about $2 billion in 2013. The overall ecommerce sector, including online  travel bookings, is projected at $43 billion by 2018, according to Nomura. To be sure, India Post will not have  it easy, competing as it will be with several large logistics firms such as FedEx, DTDC, Blue DartBSE 1.35 % and DHL  as well as a rash of startups such as Ecom Express and Delhivery that have  jumped on to the bandwagon.

LEVERAGING ITS VAST NETWORK

 India Post, founded as an  arm of the East India Company, was a vital strategic institution for decades but  its relevance declined dramatically as the rise of the Internet and use of  emails for communication made its postcards and inland letters increasingly  redundant.

But despite its mainstay business staring at oblivion, the  department continued to have several advantages over its competitors, most  notably its vast network of 1.5 lakh offices and an army of about 5.5 lakh employees across the  country.India Post has begun leveraging that strength now. It has begun  training its postmen in ecommerce-specific requirements, such as accepting cash  or card payments on delivery - crucial for online retailers in India - and  handling same-day shipments. It also plans to open about 60 so called fulfilment  centres, where goods are stored and sorted before deliveries, across the country  this year for its ecommerce business.

For instance in Bengaluru, India Post will invest Rs  1 crore to decentralise packaging and ecommerce parcel services by establishing  warehouses across the city, according to MS Ramanujan, Chief Post Master  General, Karnataka Circle. To compete with DHL, India Post plans to buy land  near the airport to establish a warehousecum-parcel centre, he said.In Bengaluru and Gurgaon, India Post is already handling about 13,000 and 20,000  shipments, respectively, every day. "We are currently stretched to our limits.  Opening ecommerce specific warehouses will lessen the load on post offices,"  said the official of the Department of Post, quoted  earlier.

LESSONS FROM THE WEST

India Post can  take heart from the experience of other countries where explosive growth of
ecommerce has changed fortunes of their state-run postal departments.In the West, government postal services  have gained the most from the ecommerce sector. "The US Post is expected  to earn half of its revenues from ecommerce package deliveries by 2020. Deutsche  Post in Germany and Australia Post have also done well," said Arvind Singhal,  head of retail advisory firm Technopak.


Its customers, many of whom are now looking to spread their wings in the  hinterland to tap the market potential in India's small towns and villages, have good things to say. "Given the vastness  of our country, India Post plays a key role in offering a seamless experience  for our customers who are located in the most remote parts of India," said  Neeraj Aggarwal, senior director, supply chain, at Flipkart, which has been  working with India Post since last year in addition to its own logistics firm  Ekart. India's ecommerce logistics market is expected to gross over Rs  7,200 crore ($1.2 billion) this year.

According to consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, ecommerce firms will  need about 15 million sq ft of warehouse space by 2017, up from about 1.7  million sq ft available now. "Getting manpower for last-mile delivery and high  expectations of same-day delivery due to technology integration are major  challenges for us," said an official at a large ecommerce logistics player,  declining to be identified. Shrinking air cargo space and rising costs have also put pressure on private companies to increase shipment rates. "I don't see  shipment costs going down in 2015," said Mohit Tandon, cofounder at  Gurgaon-based logistics startup Delhivery. India Post claims an advantage here,  too.

Transfer and postings of JTS/STS officers of IPOs Group A

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Hearty Congrats and warm welcome back to Kerala for Sri. K.K.Davis.......

Promotion to JTS Group A

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Hearty Congrats to Sri.N.R.Giri and all the very best in his career ahead...

Post Shoppe to be opened at Chennai after Bengaluru & Mysore

CHENNAI: After introducing auxiliary mail services in an attempt to salvage its sinking fortunes, India Post will now sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs. After opening in Bengaluru and Mysore, Chennai's first Post Shoppe will come up at the head post office on Anna Salai next month.
Postmaster General Shri Merwin Alexander said the store would also sell pens, markers, gum, books and souvenirs with the India Post logo.It will be located next to the multiple counters for postal and banking operations, so that customers can pick up stationery, and more.

 "Post Shoppe is aimed at bringing various items of selected utility on sale under one roof. There will also be greeting cards," said Alexander. "Despite the internet, there are still many takers for greeting cards as it makes a difference to the receiver who would cherish it and keep it as a fond memory from a loved one," said Alexander. There was also a plan to have coffee vending machines at the shop, he added.The postmaster general said the facility would augment the needs of the customer and also add value to the place. "If a customer walks in and finds that he is not carrying a pen, he can quickly get it from the Post Shoppe. And then there are other things he can buy. It is all about customer delight," said Alexander. "In short, it is expected to be a shelf of aesthetics and utility."
After seeing the response in Chennai, India Post will decide whether to replicate the store in tier two cities. Customers are welcome to send in suggestions on the content and feel of Post Shoppe, said an official.Against the onslaught of email and instant communication using computers and smart phones, India Post has been trying to reinvent itself through a variety of improvised communication services such as e-post, e-money order and e-tracking.

Friday, February 27, 2015

ASP Traanser and Posting NR

PMG NR has issued the following transfer and posting

1. VP Subramanian ASP Perintalmanna Sub Dn to be ASP Calicut RMS

2. TM Krishnaswamy ASP Vig to be ASP HQ Palakkad

3. AN Sunilkumar IP Kunnamangalam to be ASP C - RO

4. Priya P Nair IP TGY RO to be ASP Vig RO

5. Devi P Vijayan to be OD Manjeri

6. Asha ... ASP OD Kannur

7 KS Priya to be PM Kannur

8. Rajeev C ASP HQ Ottappalam

9. Jalaja IP Ponani to be ASP Perintalmanna

Association welcomes all the officers and wishes them all the best in the new assignment.