Sunday, 31 January 2016

February to be observed as ‘Sukanya Samriddhi’ month

The Department of Posts will observe February as “Selvamagal Semippu Thittam month” and a campaign for opening of Sukanya Samriddhi accounts will be conducted in all the 11 postal divisions in the central region.

About 2.9 lakh accounts have been opened in the post offices in Central Region so far under the scheme. There are more than 3,500 post offices in the central region.

Special counters would be set up in all 24 head post offices at Chidamabram, Cuddalore, Karur, Kulittalai, Kumbakonam, Melakaveri, Mayiladuturai, Sirkali, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pattukkottai, Tiruthuraipundi, Pudukkottai, Perambalur, Srirangam, Thuraiyur, Mannargudi, Papanasam, Thanjavur, Lalgudi, Tiruchi, Kallakurichi, Tirukoyilur, and Vriddhachalam.

Institutions such as schools, banks, and government offices can open accounts in bulk and contact the respective Postal Division or call 9443847055 to get the accounts opened on their premises itself.
Under the scheme, accounts can be opened in the name of girls aged below 10 by crediting a minimum amount of Rs. 1,000. Subsequent deposits can be made in multiples of Rs. 100 and a minimum of Rs. 1,000 has to be deposited in the account every financial year.

The maximum amount for a financial year is Rs. 1,50,000, a Postal Department release said.

The interest rate which was 9.1 per cent for 2014-15 has been enhanced to 9.2 per cent for 2015-16, the release added.

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Postal department to handle Rs.1,500 crore COD by 2015-16

Providing a boost to the e-commerce industry in India, the post departments had handled cash on delivery (COD) orders worth Rs.500 crore up to March 2015 and is expected to reach about Rs.1,500 crore by end of 2015-16, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.
Till December 2015, the COD value has crossed Rs.1,000 crore.
Speaking at the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the communications & IT ministry, on the e-commerce initiatives of the department of posts, he said various steps taken by the department for gearing up its capabilities for handling e-commerce parcel business as well as introducing services such as COD have revolutionized the e-commerce business in India.
Prasad also said the government's initiative to digitalize functioning would help in making e-commerce reach every corner. He said the initiative would further enhance IndiaPosts' reach as national carrier.
The department of posts had set up 48 new parcel processing centers so far and nine more such centers are coming up during the current financial year, he said.
"These efforts in the last eighteen months have resulted in an overall revenue growth in the parcel segment by 45 percent during 2014-15 and more than 100 percent in the current financial year," Prasad said.


Postal Department Has Been Continuously Earning Higher Revenue Every Year: Lok Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON: 16.12.2015
Revenue and Market Share of India Post 

Will the Minister of

(a) whether the revenue and market share of India post has been declining; 

(b) if so, the details of revenue generated separately from different segments such as parcel and speed and post expenditure incurred along with market share of India post during the last three years and the current year;

(c) whether Government proposes to introduce some scheme on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether India post is paying special focus on parcel segment and plan to establish 48 new set of parcel centres and if so, the details thereof; and

(e) the other measures taken by the Government to improve the postal delivery system of India post and increasing its revenue?


(a) No Madam, the Postal Department has been continuously earning higher revenue every year and its share of revenue has been increasing year after year. 

(b) Not applicable in view of reply at (a) above.

(c) No Madam.

(d) & (e) Yes Madam, 48 dedicated Parcel Centres have been established in 2014-15 and another 9 have been established this year. Department is laying special emphasis on the Parcel segment through upgradation of Parcel infrastructure, improving the delivery system and revamping parcel transmission modes and routes. Some measures taken to improve quality of parcel service are as follows:-

i. The Parcel transmission & delivery network is being continuously reviewed and monitored for checking and improving efficiencies and better service quality.

ii. The Department of Posts offers end-to-end track & trace for Speed Post, Registered and other parcels through its website ( This track and trace facility is available to retail as well as bulk customers for tracking the consignments on a real time basis.

iii. Department is developing its Road Transport Network for fast and secure transmission of parcels on identified routes. 11 major routes have been started this year.

iv. Department has introduced Mechanized Nodal Delivery of parcels from identified delivery centres in certain cities.

v. GPS devices have been installed in mail vans and other security measures improved.

vi. As a result of the efforts towards improving the quality of its services, the revenues of the Department have been consistently growing in the last several years.

Trend of Revenue Growth (Rs. In crore)
Trend of Revenue Growth (Rs. in crore)
Item FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14 FY 2014-15
Total Revenue 9366,60
(vii) Parcel revenue registered 37% growth in 2014-15. 117% growth in parcel revenue till 31st October 2015 in the current financial year.

(viii) Rs. 970 Crore Cash On Delivery collection done by Department of Posts till November 2015.

(ix) Speed Post revenue growth in the current financial year is more than 16%. CAG report laid in Parliament on 8th May 2015 highlighted that Speed Post is far better than private couriers, in terms of reach, assured delivery and delivery time.

Government announces first batch of 20 Smart cities - Bhubaneswar tops the list

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Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development

28-January-2016 17:58 IST

Government announces first batch of 20 smart cities from 11 States and Delhi

Bhubaneswar tops the list; Bhopal at 20

23 States/UTs left out to participate in fast track competition

Selection through competition totally objective and transparent, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu

20 cities propose an investment of Rs.50,802 cr over five years ; All cities to resort to PPP

26,735 acres area in 20 cities identified for making them smart 
            The Government today announced the 20 winners of the Smart City Challenge competition for financing during this financial year. Announcing the cities here today, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that the winners were from 11 States and the Union Territory of Delhi and the selection was totally objective and transparent based on standardized processes.
            Shri Naidu further said that Smart City Mission marks a paradigm shift towards urban development in the country since it is based on ‘bottom up’ approach with the involvement of citizens in formulation of city vision and smart city plans and the Urban Local Bodies and State Governments piloting the mission with little say for the Ministry of Urban Development. He also observed that it was for the first time in the country and even in the world that investments in urban sector are being made based on competition based selection of cities.
            Informing that 1.52 crore citizens participated in shaping smart city plans of 97 cities and towns in the first round of competition, Shri Naidu said that this enthusiastic participation of people is a major positive outcome.
            3 cities from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and one each from the remaining five made it to the winning list.
            The Minister informed that 23 States and UTs who could not make to the list of winners will be given an opportunity to participate in a ‘fast track competition’. Each top ranking city form these left out states can upgrade their smart city proposals and submit them by April 15, this year for inclusion in the mission.
            Shri Naidu informed that the 20 winning cities and towns have proposed a total investment of Rs.50,802 cr over five years with all the cities proposing Public-Private-Partnership as a major vehicle of resource mobilization. 10 of the 20 cities have proposed to mobilise Rs.8,521 cr under PPP model while others have also indicated this option. A total area of 26,735 acres has been identified by these cities for making them smart through necessary interventions.
            Elaborating on the advantages of Smart City Mission, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that this leads to integrated urban planning by addressing the issue of infrastructure, land use planning, transport, urban design and architecture in a holistic manner unlike in the past. Stating that building a smart city is not a destination but a series of small steps in that direction, Shri Naidu said that the country has taken one such step today.
            The Minister said that urban local bodies are taking a quantum jump to improve their capabilities and have resorted to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of each city for coming out with city vision.
            The 20 smart cities announced by Shri Venkaiah Naidu were :
Madhya Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
New Delhi Municipal Council
Tamil Nadu
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu

            Of these 20 cities accounting for a total population of 3.54 crore, 5 have  population below 5 lakhs each, 4 in the range of 5-10 lakhs, 6 in between 10-25 lakhs, 4 between 25 and 50 lakhs and only Ahmedabad has above 50 lakhs.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC – Issues on way ahead.

Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC-Issues on way ahead.
F. No.1-1/2016- IC
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 29.1.2016
Meeting Notice
Subject: Meeting of Nodal officers of various Departments – implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC— Issues on way ahead.
In order to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Cabinet has approved setting up of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. Accordingly, the ECOS has been set up as per this Ministry’s OM No. 1-4/2015/EIII-A dt. 27.1.2016 (copy placed on the website of this Ministry, viz,
2. As provided in the said OM dt. 271.2016, the Implementation Cell created in this Ministry shall work as the Secretariat for the ECOS.
3. This Ministry has already requested all the ministries/Departments vide DO letter No. 1-4/2015/EIII.A dt. 21.11.2015 from JS(Pers) addressed to all the Secretaries to nominate a nodal officer at the level of a Joint Secretary to interact with the Implementation Cell during the curse of processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.
4. Accordingly, Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) shall take a meeting of all the Nodal Officers of the Ministries/Departments on 2.2.2016 at 11.00 a.m. in Conference Hall (R. No. 72), North Block, New Delhi to discuss the relevant issues in connection with the processing of the recommendations of the rh CPC and to concretise the points of action pertaining to all the Ministries/Departments in general and also in regard to specific issues concerning individual Ministries/Departments with a view to enabling an effective, holistic and quicker processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC and for submission of the matter before the ECOS.
5. As this is the first meeting of the Nodal Officers to formulate the action points on the way ahead on processing of the recommendations of the rh CPC, it is requested that the concerned nodal officers may kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
All the nodal officers of Ministries/Departments, as per list attached.

Source: Signed copy

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Empowered Committee On 7th CPC May Recommend Increase In Salary Of Junior And Mid Level Employees

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley 
New Delhi: Central government employees’ pay bill are unlikely to get increased salary from April under the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, as the central government might delay the hike by six months to evaluate the actual needs of employees, said finance ministry officials.

The economists advised the government to measure the possible impact of the salary increase on next year’s budget before implementing it, they said.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries led by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha may recommend raising salary of junior and middle level employees as employees associations are pressing hard for it.

The committee will submit its report to the finance minister after reviewing the commission’s suggestions, and holding discussions with government high-ups.

Wishing anonymity, a finance ministry official said the government would see whether there would be any wastage of public money in paying increased salary and allowances or any new conditions can be imposed in line with the recommendations of the Pay Commission.

The empowered committee would place a proposal before the cabinet after budget for delaying the implementation of increased salary of Central government employees, said the officials.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while introducing the Seventh Pay Commission report on November 19 said that the final decisions on the Seventh Pay Commission report took five and a half months.

The Seventh Pay Commission award bill is about Rs 1,02,000 crore, according to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that can be afforded.

A pay commission reviews the pay of government employees every 10 years and its recommendations are usually accepted with some modifications.

The Seventh Pay Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014, The Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur submitted its 900-page final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19, recommending 23.55 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of Central government employees and pensioners.

The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The Seventh pay commission recommended fixing the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000 and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8

The Seventh Pay Commission suggested to discontinue the practice of appointing pay commissions in future.

Digital India Initiative Would Further Enable India Post to take E-Commerce to Every Indian

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Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
28-January-2016 16:15 IST
Digital India Initiative Would Further Enable India Post to take E-Commerce to Every Indian

India Post Well Set to Bridge Rural-Urban Divide
Union Minister for Communication and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said today that NDA Government’s initiative to digitalize functioning would help in making e-commerce reach every corner. He said the initiative would further enhance India posts reach as national carrier. The Minister also highlighted that the Government’s ‘Digital India Project’ was working to bring the internet and broadband to the remotest corners of the country giving further boost to the growing e-commerce market. Department of Posts, with its largest postal network in the world is the biggest potential partner to the e-commerce companies being the only last mile logistics handler across the country.

Speaking at the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Communications& IT, on the e-Commerce initiatives of the Department of Posts, he said that various steps taken by the Department of Posts for gearing up its capabilities for handling e-Commerce parcel business as well as introducing services such as Cash on Delivery which have completely revolutionized the e-commerce business in India. The Department had handled COD value worth Rs. 500 crores up to March 2015 which has now crossed Rs. 1000 crores till December 2015 and is expected to reach around Rs. 1500 crores by the end of the current financial year. 

The Minister shared with the Committee that one of his prime agenda was to bring about a change in the post office operations so that it can play a larger role in providing accessibility of products and services to the door step of each and every individual across the country. With the IT Modernization Project in an advanced stage of implementation, Department of Posts is well set to redefine its operations to tap the e-commerce industry. This is not only going to further augment its revenue but it will also play a larger role in connecting India more comprehensively by reaching out to the door step of the consumers across the country, thereby bridging the Digital and urban rural divide in terms of availability of products. 

The Department had set up 48new Parcel Processing Centers so far and 9 more such centers are coming up during the current financial year. These efforts in the last eighteen months have resulted in an overall revenue growth in the parcel segment by 45% during 2014-15 and more than 100% in the current financial year. Similarly, Speed Post, the flagship product of the Department also has premium parcel component which has registered a growth of 12.5% in the current financial year as against 8.9% last year giving overall revenue of more than Rs 1100 crores to the Department in the current year so far. Business from major e-commerce companies are growing. Amazon India booking has increased from average 50,000 articles per month last year to 3 lakhs articles per month in the current year and so is the case of other players like Flipkart, Myntra etc. where the bookings have increased from 15,000 per month to 30,000-50,000 per month. 

The members of the Consultative Committee appreciated the steps taken by the Department of Posts and complimented on its efforts to bring rural India into the e-commerce mainstream as well as enhancing its revenues through parcel and Speed Post business. 

The meeting was attended by the Hon’ble Members of Parliament, Sh Nepal Singh, Sh Raj Babbar, Sh Bhola Singh, Sh Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Smt Ranjanben Bhatt and Sh K Gopal The Hon’ble Members suggested that the Post Offices should not only enhance their visibility but should also become the rural centers for providing computer and internet facilities to the youth. Similarly, the Post Shoppes’ opened by the Department should be expanded and they should also retail telecom SIM and top-up cards.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

(*26th Jan) Happy Republic Day Speech 2016 In English, Hindi

(*26th Jan) Happy Republic Day Speech 2016 In English, Hindi

Happy Republic Day Speech 2016: The Republic Day 2016 is going to be celebrated on 26th January similar to every year. But every year we tend to be more patriotic on this day by giving various speech during Republic Day School Celebrations . So, all the Students who are going to present an speech in front of their school can easily learn from below Republic Speeches.
Happy Republic Day Speech 2016
Happy Republic Day Speech 2016
We have summed up some really good 26th January Speech for Students, Teachers and Principals as well. All you have to do is to download or save the speech you like and learn from it.

[26th Jan] Happy Republic Day Speech 2016 in English:

Best Republic Day Welcome Speech
When guests are called for the presentation and celebration of Republic Day, some children’s of School are asked to present Amazing Welcome Speech on the opening ceremony of Republic Day 2016.

Speech – 1 – Republic Day 2016 Speech For School Children’s and Teachers

In India, Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 25 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

Speech – 2 – Republic Day Speech For Children 2016

India is a self-governing country since 15th of August 1947. India got independence from the British rule on 15th of August in 1947 which we celebrate as Independence Day, However, on 26th of January since 1950 we celebrate as Republic Day. The Constitution of India came into force on 26th of January in 1950, so we celebrate this day as the Republic Day every year. This year in 2016, we are celebrating 67th republic day of India.
Republic means the supreme power of the people living in the country and only public has rights to elect their representatives as political leader to lead the country in right direction. So, India is a Republic country where public elects its leaders as a president, prime minister, etc. Our Great Indian freedom fighters have struggled a lot to the “Purna Swaraj” in India. They did so that their future generations may live without struggle and led country ahead.
The name of our great Indian leaders and freedom fighters are Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekher Ajad, Lala Lajpath Rai, Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel, Lal bahadur Shastri, etc. They fought continuously against the British rule to make India a free country. We can never forget their sacrifices towards our country. We should remember them on such great occasions and salute them. It has become possible just because of them that we can think from our own mind and live freely in our nation without anyone’s force.

Speech -3 – Happy Republic Day Speech For Teachers Principals Leaders Politicians 2016

Good morning to my respected Principal Madam, my respected Sir and Madam and my all colleagues. I would like to say thank you to give me such a great opportunity to speak something on our Republic Day. My name is….. I read in class…..
Today, we all are here to celebrate 67th Republic Day of our nation. This is a great and auspicious occasion for all of us. We should greet each other and pray to God for the development and prosperity of our nation. We celebrate Republic Day in India every year on 26th of January as the constitution of India came into force at this day. We are regularly celebrating the Republic Day of India since 1950 as on 26th of January in 1950 India constitution came into force.
India is a democratic country where public is authorized to elect its leaders to lead the country. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was our first President of India. Since we got independence from the British rule in 1947, our country has developed a lot and counted among the powerful countries. Together with some developments, some drawbacks have also arisen such inequality, poverty, unemployment, corruption, illiteracy, etc. We need to take a pledge today for solving such problems in the society to make our country a best country of the world.
Thanks, Jai Hind!

Republic Day Speech In Tamil Telugu Hindi English Marathi Gujarati 2016

As well know that Republic Day is celebrated every where in India, so many regional and different language people also do. SO, we have summed up Republic Day Speech in all languages which include Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarathi and more.

1.Republic Day Welcome Speech 2016 For Teachers Students

I would like to say good morning to My Respected Principal, Sir, Madam and my dear colleagues. As we all know that we get together here to celebrate 67th Republic Day of our nation. This is very auspicious occasion for all of us. Since 1950, we are celebrating Republic Day every year with lots of joy and happiness. Before starting the celebration, our chief guest of the Republic Day hoists the national flag of India. Then we all stand up and sing our Indian national anthem which is a symbol unity and peace in India. Our National Anthem is written by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Our national flag has three colors and a wheel in the center with 24 equal sticks. All the three colors of our Indian National Flag have some meaning. Top saffron colour of our flag denotes the strength and courage of our country. The middle white color indicates peace however lower green colour indicates the growth and prosperity. There is a navy blue wheel in the center having 24 equal spokes indicating Dharma Chakra of the great king Ashoka.
We celebrate republic day on 26 January as the Indian constitution came into force at this day in 1950. At republic day celebration, a big arrangement takes place by the government of India in New Delhi at Rajpath in front of the India Gate. Every year, a chief guest (prime minister of other country) is invited to fulfill the purpose of saying “Atithi Devo Bhava” as well as enhance the glory of the occasion. Indian army do republic day parade and take salute of the National Flag. There is also a big exhibition of the Indian culture and tradition takes place by the different Indian states to show the Unity in Diversity in India.

2. Republic Day Welcome Speech Online Free For WhatsApp Facebook

I would like to thank the honorable guests, the audience and the honorable speaker / principal / teacher to allow me to speak on the Republic day of India.
26th January is the day which is celebrated as Indian Republic Day every year. All Indian show their Dignity and Respect to the National Flag of India that get unfurled on this very day on several Places in India that include Institutes, Banks and many more Places. This day is celebrated all over the country as Indian National Constitution came under force on the same day i.e. 26 January, 1950.
It is true that India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947 but the Constitution of India came into force only on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of state. Lord Mountbatten and C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governors-General of India during this period.
The Constitution of India was formally adopted by the Parliament of India and India declared itself as a ‘Republic Country’ on January 26, 1950, thereafter this day is celebrated as Republic Day in India every year. After the adoption of our Constitution, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the first President of the Republic India in the Year 1950.