New Delhi: The Department of Posts conducted the Meghdoot Award Function 2020 and launched the DakPay UPI app on Tuesday, 15th December, in the Conference Hall of MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), Electronics Niketan, CGO Complex, New Delhi. According to a press note released from the Ministry of Communications, the event was attended by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Law & Justice, and Electronics & Technology, as the Chief Guest, and Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State (MoS) for Education, Communications, and Electronics & Technology as the Guest of Honour. All the Chief Postmaster Generals and Meghdoot awardees were present for the event via video conference. The Meghdoot award is given every year for excellence in postal service. The Meghdoot award 2019-20 was given in the following eight categories:
|Awards Category||Category details||Name & Designation of the official|
|I||General category for Grameen Daksevak||Kirtan Nayak, GDS BPM, Mardakote BO, Kodala SO, Ganjam Division, Odisha Circle|
|II||General category for all employees at different levels||Balakrishna R, Driver Grade – I, MMS, Bengaluru|
|III||M D Srinivasan, PA, Chennai City Division & Marketing coordinator, Regional Office, Chennai City Region, Tamil Nadu Circle|
|IV||Sarwesh Kumar, SPM, Rajendra Nagar Post Office, Patna, Bihar Circle|
|V||Vinay Srivastava, Inspector Posts, Nowgong Sub Division, Chhattarpur Division, Madhya Pradesh Circle|
|VI||B S Chandrasekhar, SSPOs, Bengaluru East Division, Karnataka Circle|
|VII||Technology Excellence||VM Shaktivelu, Deputy Director, CEPT, Chennai|
|VIII||Best Woman Employee||Rinchen, Departmental Mail Runner, Hull-Phaldar Line, Rampur Bhushar Division, Himachal Pradesh Circle|
In a step towards providing citizen-centric services, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Department of Posts with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited. This will give a boost to setting common service centres in more than 10,000 post offices across the country for providing various G2C (Government to Citizen) and B2C (Business to Citizens) services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country, thus enabling the Government’s mandate of a socially, financially, and digitally inclusive society, stated the Ministry of Communications.
The Ministry revealed that the B2C services offered include Bharat Bill Payment System Bills (Electric, Gas, Water bills etc.). The services offered also included third-party services such as EMI (Equated Monthly Installment) collections for various loans offered by financial institutions and submission of online application forms for loans. Travel services such as ticket booking service will also be available for flights, trains, and bus tickets.
Through this agreement, the Department of Posts intends to provide a one-stop solution for all e-Governance services on the assisted model through its ‘Common Service Centres (PO-CSCs)’ in post offices. These ‘PO-CSCs’ will also contribute to ease of living and ease of business to the nearby digitally deprived rural and semi-urban population by leveraging the strengths of its network and digitally skilled manpower in synergy with digital services of CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, the Ministry said.
The Ministry announced that the Department of Posts also launched an eBook titled ‘India Post meets Covid-19 Challenge’ encapsulating the challenges faced and the solutions offered by India Post in the delivery of essential services to the remotest corner of the country during the ongoing pandemic in the country.
Addressing the gathering, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad congratulated the awardees for the good work and exhorted the Department to strive and scale new heights. The Union Minister expressed satisfaction at the rapid expansion of CSCs across the country and expressed hope that with the partnership of DOP and CSC-SPV this expansion would be escalated further and will help in delivering a number of citizen-centric services across the country.
Minister Prasad also hailed the launch of DakPay app as an important step in the Digital Revolution and hoped that it will become an effective payment platform in competition with the best in the market. He expressed that just as AePS has brought banking services to doorsteps, DakPay will go a step further in providing ease of payment for various e-commerce and business activities. The Minister appreciated the work done by the DoP during the Covid-19 pandemic and said he felt the DoP stood up the test. The welcome address was given by Secretary (Posts), Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, and a vote of thanks was proposed by Director General, Postal Services, Vineet Pandey.
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