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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Probationers of Indian Postal Service and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service call on the President

A group of Probationers of Indian Postal Service of 2010-2013 batches and Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service of 2011-2013 batches called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (April 16, 2014) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Addressing the probationers, the President said that they were entering government service at a time of great flux and ever increasing expectations of the citizenry from our public machinery. The environment today presents myriad challenges and opportunities at the same time. The State is today no longer merely responsible for the maintenance of law and order or the dispensation of justice. Its role today is far more pro-active and far more inclusive in that it has to promote growth with equity. He said that the development paradigm has changed. The philosophy of development today is empowerment of people through entitlements which are backed by legal guarantees such as Right to Information, Right to Education etc. 

The President stated that as the nature and scope of the activities of the State changes, the role of its administration assumes greater importance. Therefore, the greatest challenge before the civil servants today is to adjust to this new role of the Government. He urged the officer trainees to be the agents of the change which they wish to see in their society and country. 

Source:-PIB

Notification for Circle Working Committee Meeting


ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF
INSPECTORS & ASST. SUPERINTENDENTS OF POSTS
ODISHA CIRCLE BRANCH, BHUBANESWAR 751001
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Shri Debi Prasad Nayak
President
9437124058
Shri Pitabasa Jena
Circle Secretary
Phone: 09437630182
Shri Debadatta Jena
Treasurer
9178739173

NOTICE

No. AIAIPASP/CWC-1/2014 Dated 15/04/2014

Under the provisions of Article-46 of the Constitution of All India Association of Inspectors and Asst. Superintendents of Posts, it is hereby notified that a meeting of the Circle Working Committee of the Association will be held on Sunday, the 4th May, 2014 at 10.00 hrs in the Postal Recreation Club, Bhubaneswar GPO.

The agenda for the meeting will be as under:
1)    Confirmation of the proceedings of the last CWC.
2)    Confirmation of the expenditure incurred towards 38th Circle Conference held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd February, 2014.
3)    Brief on development of various issues in the Circle / agendas taken up at Circle / RO level.
4)    Brief on 38th All India Conference held at Ahmedabad from 7th to 8th February, 2014.
·         Up-gradation of Grade pay – Proposal for merger and CAT Case
·         Restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre.
5)    Organizational and Financial Review.
6)    Issues to be taken up with Administration.
7)    Any other item with the permission of the Chair.

Shri S.K. Mohapatra, President, Postal Officers Association and Sk. Md. Noman, Ex-President, AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch will be the special invitees/guests in the CWC meeting.

All office-bearers and CWC members of the Association are requested to attend the said meeting in time positively. Members who are working at Bhubaneswar and whose family is residing at Bhubaneswar are requested to attend the CWC as local members.  Members who are neither office-bearers nor CWC members but willing to join the CWC meeting (without the provision of special CL) are also welcome to attend the CWC meeting as invitees.

(Pitabasa Jena)
Circle Secretary
Copy to:

1.     The Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar for kind information. Necessary orders may kindly be issued to all concerned for grant of special casual leave to office bearers and CWC members as per the enclosed list.
2.     Sri Vilas Ingale, General Secretary, AI Assn of Inspectors & ASPs, CHQ, New Delhi (Superintendent.(Stg.) APSO Inland, Mumbai 400099) for information.
3.     The President and all office-bearers and CWC members of the Association.
4.    Sri S.K. Mohapatra, President, Postal Officers Association, Odisha Circle Branch for kind information. He is cordially invited to grace the CWC meeting as a Special Invitee/Guest.
5.   Sk. Md. Noman, Ex-President, AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch for kind information. He is cordially invited to grace the CWC meeting as a Special Invitee/Guest.
6.     The Secretary, Bhubaneswar GPO PRC for kind information. He is requested to spare the accommodation in the PRC for CWC meeting on 04-05-2014 (Sunday).
7.     The Sr. Postmaster, Bhubaneswar GPO for kind information.


Circle Secretary
AIAIASP, Odisha Circle Branch

SC nod for 2-year uninterrupted leave for childcare

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a woman employee of the central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for childcare, which also includes needs like examination and sickness.

A bench of justices S J Mukhopadhaya and V Gopala Gowda set aside an order of the Calcutta HC which had held that the central civil services (leave) rules did not permit uninterrupted CCL (childcare leave) for 730 days.

"On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C , it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children can avail CCL for a maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children," it said.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by one Kakali Ghosh challenging the government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for helping her son prepare for examinations.

Source:-The Times of India

UPU News:-2014 International letter-writing competition for young people

The theme selected for the 2014 competition is: "Write a letter describing how music can touch lives."





The best letter from each country must be submitted to the International Bureau no later than 30 April 2014.


The promotional poster reflects the 2014 theme.

Rules

Participation

  • Young people up to the age of 15 years may take part in the competition.
  • The UPU International Bureau (IB) cannot accept entries sent directly by schools or private individuals.
  • The organizers designated by member countries must respect the competition's organizational principles, which specify that they are solely responsible for organizing the national stage of the competition and therefore must provide all the parties concerned with their own contact details and not those of the IB.
  • The organizers should select their country's best composition (one composition per country or territory only) and send it to the IB no later than 30 April.

Submission of applications

All entries must be submitted by post, by e-mail or by fax to: +41 31 350 37 11.

All entries must include:

  • the composition (typed) in either Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. If the original is handwritten, the organizer should type up the text on a computer and submit the original with a translation into English, French or Spanish (as preferred) of the original composition if it has been written in a language other than those mentioned above.
  • a cover letter from the organizing body.
  • a duly completed entry form, including the contact details of the candidate and the national competition coordinator; this form is available opposite to download.
  • a good quality digital photograph of the candidate, preferably in JPEG format (at least 300 dpi).

Presentation and content of entries

  • The compositions submitted must be recent, unpublished letters.
  • Compositions must be presented in the form of a letter ("Dear ……..", include the address of both the addressee and the sender, and end with a signature).
  • Entries must strictly respect the set theme.
  • Entries must strictly adhere to the number of words permitted in the original language (between 500 and 800).

Organizational principles

Each member country organizes a letter-writing competition for young people in its territory as suits it best, but preferably with the help of the national education authorities, and selects the best entry. The best entry is chosen in accordance with the general rules of the competition.
Participating member countries must send their best entry to the IB, together with all the required documents, to the IB by no later than 30 April.

Jury's decision and announcement of results

The IB will designate a jury responsible for assessing the letters selected. This jury will choose the best three entries, the authors of which will each receive a medal, and may also select up to five other entries, whose authors will receive a special mention.
The IB will inform the countries concerned of the results by letter.

Prizes

The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third) struck by the IB, as well as a certificate and other prizes offered by the UPU.
Member countries may also award additional prizes to their international prize-winners, at their discretion.
It is recommended that the prize-giving ceremonies be held on 9 October, the anniversary of the foundation of the UPU, to form part of the activities connected with World Post Day.

Results

The IB will communicate the names of the prize-winners by letter as soon as it receives the results from the jury, in principle no later than early September of the competition year.

Entry form

Entry form to the 2014 ILWC for Young People

The best letter from each country must be submitted no later than 30 April 2014.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PA / SA Direct Recruitment Examination of Odisha Circle is on 27th April, 2014.


Schedule of Examination (Paper I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:
Postal Circles Exam Date Exam Time
Delhi (15), Kerala (22), Rajasthan (28)              27-Apr 02:00PM to 04:00PM
Assam (12), Chhattisgarh (14), North East (25), Odisha (26)              27-Apr 10:00AM to 12:00NOON
Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the website  http://www.pasadrexam2014.in/  from today to exam date.Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Circle Secretary attended 8th Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Gr.-C, Bhubaneswar Division on 13.04.2014 as Speaker

It is a symbolism of co-operation, respect, understanding and reciprocity.







UPU News:-How the postbus drives the universal service in pictures

What does Ethiopia and Switzerland have in common? A postbus service to move people and mail.
The latest issue of Union Postale magazine reveals how this service is far from being relegated to the annals of history.
Check out our slideshows on how the service is bringing the post and passengers to their destination in these UPU member countries.

UPU News:- Posts ready to exploit demand for financial services

To capture the potential for growing the market for postal financial services, Posts must be open, forward-looking and innovative.


“While postal financial services have been around for more than a century, they can still provide a large revenue stream for Posts,” said UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein at a recent UPU forum organized prior to the Postal Operations Council in April.
He called on public postal operators to boost their bottom line through a business area that also brings many social benefits. “Postal financial services can facilitate national economic growth and financial inclusion, as well alleviate poverty and provide a lifeline to many migrants,” he said.
Pedro de Vasconcelos from the International Fund for Agricultural Development reminded attendees that the global remittance market was worth some 430 billion USD in 2013. “In the next five years, 2.5 trillion USD will go to countries in remittances… of which the rural share is 1 trillion USD,” he said.
“The postal operators’ market share might be small as there are a lot of players but there are still huge opportunities to be had,” said de Vasconceles.

Private view

An insight into the private sector’s take on remittances from migrants came from the International Association of Money Transfer Networks, a trade body. Its chair, Mohit Davar, said there was a huge market for remittances, driven purely by migrants.
“There are 220 million migrants living and working overseas,” said Davar. “However, informal remittances account for about 40 per cent of volumes.”
Davar called for more harmonized regulation of the money-transfer market, as without this: “We will end up pushing flows into informal market and [no player in the market] wants that.”

Posts speak

The Kenyan Post shared its innovative approach to financial services. On the one hand, it handles government payment services. On the other, it is an agent for five commercial banks. “There was customer demand for this because of difficulties in sending and receiving money,” said Enock Kinara, its CEO.
Alfred Mabika Mouyama from Poste Gabon emphasized that public postal operators could rise to the challenge. “The post office is able to provide financial services, it can develop partnerships both internationally and nationally and it can listen to regulators, while supporting our governments to bring their services to the population,” he said.
Summarizing discussions held during the forum, UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz said: “At the UPU level, we invite our member countries to renew the legislative framework and be open to partnerships, allowing the public postal sector to be major players in new financial services, including those involving mobile phones.”

UPU News:-Carbon Fund created for postal sector

The Posts of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, France, Ireland, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand and Togo have created the very first carbon offset fund for the postal sector, the Postal Carbon Fund™.

Representatives of the founding Posts
The fund was officially created on 9 April at UPU headquarters on the sidelines of the organization’s annual Postal Operations Council session.
Based on voluntary participation, the non-profit association under Swiss law will enable Posts in industrialized countries to offset their carbon emissions by financing projects in developing countries that have a positive environmental impact on the postal network.
“This Fund is both an innovative project for the postal sector and a solidarity project in the fight against climate change. We hope the success of the first projects will lead to others,” says Stéphanie Scouppe, in charge of the project and an expert in responsible development and professional ethics at the French Post.
Financing mechanism
The Fund’s creation is the result of four years of feasibility studies and numerous consultations with Posts, international organizations and funding bodies, as part of the work of the UPU’s sustainable development group.
Carbon offsetting is a financing mechanism designed to reduce greenhouse gases through the purchase of carbon credits from emission-reduction projects or surplus CO2 quotas. Posts in developing countries can use carbon credits to finance environmentally-friendly projects.
One tonne of CO2 is today valued at 5.29 euros, according to ICE Futures Europe, a trading platform.
Carbon credits will go to postal projects focusing particularly on sustainable energy, used for transport and buildings for example, and can be used to finance initiatives such as training on eco-driving or energy efficiency.
That’s good news for Posts like Togo Post, according to Géraldine Keyewa, its marketing and planning director.
"Through the Fund, we hope to install five new solar roofs in post offices located in rural parts of Togo, because we often have power cuts," she said.
In 2012, the world's Posts generated an estimated 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, according to the UPU’s latest annual carbon inventory. This represents 0.9% of the transport sector’s total emissions.
With its creation, the Fund enters a pilot phase consisting of seeking funding, training representatives of founding Posts in the offset methodology and financing mechanism, selecting a carbon expert to assist in project implementation, and identifying eligible projects.
If all goes to plan, Posts could start using carbon credits to fund projects from 2015 onward. Results of the UPU’s carbon inventory will be used to identify projects eligible to be financed by the Fund.
The French Post chairs the Fund, while the Swiss Post is vice-chair. The Ecuadorian Post heads the general secretariat.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CHQ News:- Circle Conference.......UP Circle

38th Biennial Circle Conference of All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts, UP Circle Branch was held on 13th April 2014 at  Maharani Hotel, Saharanpuur. GS and CHQ Treasurer attended the conferene. The following officers are unanimously elected as officer bearers:

1. President : Shri Prabhakar Tripati, ASP, Shahgang Sub Division, Jaunpur. 

2. Circle Secretary : Shri Kripal Singh Yadav, ASP, South Barely Sub Division, Barely.

3. Treasurer : Shri Sanjay Asthana, ASP (Court) o/o CPMG, UP Circle, Lucknow.