Sunday, 24 May 2020

Id-ul-Fitr greetings and best-wishes

On behalf of NFPE Odisha State CoC, our warm greetings and best wishes to all the Muslim brothers and sisters around the globe on the eve of Id-ul-Fitr that comes in wake of prayers and fasting during the holy month of Ramazan with an expression of love, peace, brotherhood and harmony.  
Let's carry the spirit of giving  more vigorously at a time when the entire world is fighting with the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. 
Let's also resolve to adhere to social distancing norms and all other precautions to stay safe and overcome this challenge soon.
Eid Mubarak Whatsapp Status 2020 ❤️ Happy Eid ul Fitr 2020 ...

MHA issues SOPs for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country, as well as, for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons

Ministry of Home Affairs

MHA issues SOPs for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country, as well as, for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons

Posted On: 24 MAY 2020 8:40PM by PIB Delhi
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and for those persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons. This order is in supersession of MHA order, dated 05.05.2020, on the same subject. These SOPs would also apply to passengers arriving through the land borders.

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, international travel of passengers has been prohibited under lockdown measures. As per information available, many Indian Nationals who had travelled to different countries before the lockdown, on various purposes such as employment, studies/ internships, tourism, business, etc., are stranded abroad. Due to their prolonged stay abroad, they are facing distress and are desirous of returning to India urgently. Apart from the above cases, there are other Indian Nationals who need to visit India in medical emergencies or death of a family member. There are also many persons stranded in India, who desirous to travel abroad urgently for various purposes.

For travel of Indian Nationals stranded abroad, priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers/ labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders faced with expiry of visas, persons with medical emergency/ pregnant women/ elderly, those required to return to India due to death of family member, and students.

Such persons would have to register themselves with the Indian Missions in the country where they are stranded, along with necessary details as prescribed by MEA. They would travel to India by non scheduled commercial flights as allowed by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) and ships as allowed by Department of Military Affairs (DMA)/ Ministry of Shipping (MOS). The cost of travel would have to be borne by the travellers. Further, only those who are asymptomatic would be allowed to travel to India.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would prepare flight/ ship wise database of all such travellers, including relevant details and share with the respective State/ UT in advance. Further, MEA would designate their State/ UT wise nodal officers, who would co-ordinate with the nodal officers designated for this purpose by the respective States/ UTs. The schedule (day, place and time of arrival) of the incoming flight/ ship would displayed by MEA on their online digital platform, on at least two days notice.

The Guidelines for international arrivals, including for quarantine arrangements, issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), have also been attached in the link below along with MHA SOPs. According to Health Ministry guidelines, before boarding all travellers would have to give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days – self paid 7-day institutional quarantine, followed by 7-day isolation at home.

For persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad, would have to apply to Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) or to any agency designated by MoCA for this purpose, along with necessary details, including the places of departure and arrival, as prescribed by MoCA. The travel from India would be on non-scheduled commercial flights that have been allowed by MoCA for bringing back stranded Indian Nationals from abroad. The cost of travel would have to be borne by the travellers.

Travel to destination countries would be allowed for those who are citizens of that country; who hold visa of at least one year duration of that country; and green card or OCI card holder. In cases of medical emergency or death in the family, Indian Nationals holding six month visa can also be allowed. Before the tickets of such persons are confirmed. MoCA will ensure that the destination country allows entry of such persons in that country.

Indian seafarers/ crew seeking to accept contracts to serve on vessels abroad, can travel on the non-scheduled commercial flights departing from India under the Vande Bharat Mission or other flights arranged by their employers, subject to clearance given by the Ministry of Shipping.

At the time of boarding the flight, MoCA will ensure that all travellers undergo thermal screening as per health protocol. Only asymptomatic travellers would be allowed to board the flight. While on board the flight, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. would have to be observed by everyone on board.

Department of Posts to deliver "Shahi Lichi"and "Zardalu Mango" at doorsteps of people

Ministry of Communications

Bihar Postal Circle of Department of Posts to deliver "Shahi Lichi"and "Zardalu Mango" at doorsteps of people

Posted On: 24 MAY 2020 6:43PM by PIB Delhi
The Department of Posts, Government of India and Department of Horticulture, Government of Bihar have joined hands to supply ''Shahi Lichi'' &  "Zardalu Mango" to the people at doorstep.   Bihar Postal Circle has made an agreement with Department of Horticulture, Government of Bihar for logistics of Shahi Lichi from Muzaffarpur and Zardalu Mango from Bhagalpur and its delivery to the door step of the people.
 
Because of lockdown to contain the spread of corona virus, Litchi & Mangoes cultivators have been finding it difficult to carry/transport their fruits to the markets for sale. Its supply amongst people has become big challenge and so to meet the demand of public and for giving market space directly to farmers to sell their fruits without any middlemen, the Department of Horticulture, Govt.of Bihar & Department of Posts, Govt of India have joined hands for this initiative.
 
The ''Shahi Lichi'' of Muzaffarpur  (Bihar) &  "Zardalu Mango" of Bhagalpur(Bihar) are famous in world by virtue of their unique fragrance and demand everywhere. People can place order on website "horticulture.bihar.gov.in" online.
This facility will be initially available to people of Muzaffarpur & Patna for ''Shahi Lichi'' & Patna & Bhagalpur for "Zardalu Mango" . Lichi will be booked minimum for 2 kgs and mangoes for 5 kgs. 
  
Online booking and delivery at doorstep facility will help cultivators/farmers by earning decent profits in this new market directly. Customers will also be benefitted to get these branded fruits at their doorstep at low cost. Till now order for 4400 kgs Lichi has been placed on website.It may go upto 100000 kgs during the season. Order for Mangoes will start in last week of May.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Confederation's Press Statement

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                                                                                                                DATED: 23.05.2020

PRESS STATEMENT
​     On call of Central Trade Unions and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Nationwide One day protest demonstration. On 22nd May 2020 was organised throughout the Country to oppose the policy of govt. to change the labour laws, freezing of DA and DR of employees and pensioners, corporatisation and privatization of Public Sector Enterprises including Ordinance Factories of Defence.
​          This program was organised in Allahabad (U.P.) also under leadership of Comrade Subhash Chandra Pandey, Ex. Assistant General Secretary, Confederation and Working President COC UP maintaining all norms and advisories issued by MHA , Health Ministry and DOPT. During demonstration Social Distance was also maintained.
​            But it is a matter of great regret that a Police FIR has been lodged at Allahabad against Comrade Subhash Chandra Pandey, Shri Anugrah Narayan Singh Ex. MLA , Comrade Pramod Kumar Mishra, AGS All India Audit And Accounts Association and ten other Trade Union Leaders.
​            We as Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers condemned this antiworker act of UP Govt. and demand immediate   withdrawal of FIR against the leaders mentioned therein.
  R.N. PARASHAR
                                                                   SECRETARY GENERAL
                                                            CONFEDERATION OF CGE&W

La Poste supports distance education during COVID-19

22.05.2020 - There is no question that the COVID-19 lockdown has been hard on parents trying to continue working without the usual resources of schools, childcare and the community. In France, all educational establishments were closed for eight weeks. The initial return to classrooms for preschool and elementary school children began on a voluntary basis on May 11.

Throughout the crisis, La Poste has played a vital role in supporting the general public, especially the more vulnerable and those living in remote regions. More than 100,000 postal workers have been providing them with a link to the outside world as well as providing essential services to businesses.
Of course, there is more than one way to be cut off from society. How can a child keep up with distance education when there’s no computer or tablet in the family home?
The French ministry of education estimated that 200,000 pupils nationwide were without the means to connect to online learning due to lack of internet connection or lack of equipment.
La Poste has long been concerned about the digital divide and it had two education projects in the pipeline in partnership with the ministry, which it rapidly readied when the pandemic hit.
The first project was to help deliver spare school computer equipment to children in need. The schools packed up their available hardware and selected the pupils who would benefit. La Poste took over the distribution, respecting social distancing measures.
The second project to ensure continuity in education is run by La Poste’s digital subsidiary Docaposte. ‘Homework at home’ is a digital platform made available to schools to allow teachers to send schoolwork to their pupils in PDF format.
These assignments are then printed out and put into envelopes by the Docaposte technology. The delivery includes a postage paid envelope so that families can return the written tasks at no cost. Once returned to Docaposte, the pupils’ pages are scanned and uploaded onto the platform for teachers to view.
More than 21,000 educational establishment signed up to the homework platform, a third of the national total. ‘Homework at home’ has been up and running since April 10.
A team of 20 people was involved in setting up these projects, with an additional 300 staff in four Docaposte sites who handle the printing, sending, receiving and digitizing of the schoolwork.
This all took place against the backdrop of more than 40,000 La Poste staff transferring to teleworking within a very short space of time.
This was achieved partly thanks to the groundwork laid in 2019 when 190,000 La Poste staff were connected to a collaborative teleworking platform, one of the largest communities of professional users of this type of platform in Europe.
These are changing times for schoolchildren and for postal staff. Secondary schools in regions with fewer virus cases reopened on May 18. At the time of writing, a target date had not yet been announced for the reopening of France’s lycées, or high schools.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad asks India Post to work towards realizing PM's vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat

Ministry of Communications

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad asks India Post to work towards realizing PM's vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat

India Post delivers over 2000 tonnes of medicines and medical equipment across the country
Rs.1500 Crore disbursed at the door step using Aadhar enabled Payment System (AePS)

Posted On: 22 MAY 2020 7:21PM by PIB Delhi
          Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and IT instructed the Chief Post Master Generals and  senior officers of India Post  to work towards realising the vision of the Prime Minister for an AatmaNirbhar Bharat. Union Minister reviewed the activities and efforts of Department of Posts during Covin-19 crisis through Video Conference today. Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for Communications, Shri P. K. Bisoi Secretary, Posts, Ms. Arundhaty Ghosh, DG, Postal Services and other Senior officers also attended the VC at the Head Quarters. All the Chief Postmaster Generals attended through VC from respective Circle Headquarters.
       The VC was conducted on first “Make in India” VC Solution developed by     C-DOT. As such, it was also a first successful trial run of the VC solution.
        Highlights of the Covid efforts of India Post are:
  • More than 2000 tonnes of medicines and medical equipment were booked and delivered to needy individuals and hospitals across the country.
  • Road Transport Network running more than 25000 Kms daily and carrying more than 75 tonnes of mails and parcels, was introduced to strengthen the supply chain.
  • Around Rs.1500 Crore disbursed at the door step using Aadhar enabled Payment System (AePS) of India Post Payments Bank to around 85 lakh beneficiaries.
  • 75 lakh electronic money orders (EMO) payments made under various schemes of financial inclusion worth Rs.760 Crore.
  • Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) payments worth Rs.1100 crore disbursed in beneficiary accounts.
  • Around 6 lakh food and ration packets were distributed to labourers, municipal workers etc. through self-contribution and in association with NGOs.
      The CPMGs shared the activities undertaken as a dedicated team effort of postal staff. Different circles excelled in different activities like:
  • Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh pioneered in tie ups with pharmaceutical and medicine company and providing logistic solution.
  • Bihar, Uttar Pradesh , Gujarat , Andhra Pradesh , Rajasthan , Punjab and Telangana have been leading states in financial inclusion.
  • Delhi , West Bengal and Maharashtra circles performed well in ensuring the gateway for North, North East and Southern states of the country.
  • Haryana , Karnatka , Kerala circles developed customised apps for receiving service request from public and fulfilment thereof.
      Certain innovative models of service delivery and promoting regional specialities were also shared by the CPMGs such as :
  • Jammu & Kashmir has finalised delivery of Prasad of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple and Saffron  from Kashmir across the country shortly.
  • Punjab is promoting booking and distribution of Indian medicines through post offices and also in association with CSCs.
  • Bihar excelled in taking “Apka Bank Apke Dwar” with around 11.65 lakh disbursal worth Rs.147 crore.
Union Minister, sharing his vision for the Department, instructed the CPMGs and  senior officers of India Post  to work towards realising the vision of the Prime Minister for an AatmaNirbhar Bharat. He spelt out the following priority areas in post-Covid situation for the Department:
  • Provide logistics support for Indian Systems of Medicines that include Ayurveda , Unani , Siddha etc. in different parts of the country.
  • “Dakiya” should become first resource for collecting database of migrants, their skill sets, opening of their accounts and facilitate payments under MGNREGA and other Govt. Schemes.
  • India Post should prepare strategic plan, dovetailing suggestions from the field, to become flag bearer of an Indian Supply Chain through which tele-medicine, agri-products, handicrafts, artisan products and other local specialities can be connected from producer to ultimate buyer eliminating the middleman.
  • He emphasised that experience gained from distribution of medicines and essential items during Covid period has created this opportunity to scale-up the model.
  • The Minister also appreciated the good work of the postal employees and officers in their role as “Covid Warriors”. 

Concluding the event, Union Minister emphasized that ordinary Indian has to be empowered with vast network of Post Office and the power of technology i.e. digital inclusion supplemented by financial inclusion and strong physical supply chain.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Resuming of booking of International EMS and International Tracked Packet Services

Functioning of PTCs under Regions and Circles to expedite various issues


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Payment of compensation of Rs. 10 Lakhs to cover death due to COVID-19 - appointment of Designated Officer.

MHA writes to all States / UTs to emphasize strict implementation of Ministry's guidelines to contain COVID-19

Ministry of Home Affairs

Violations of MHA Guidelines being reported at various places across the country

States/UTs must strictly implement all measures to contain COVID19; Local authorities must take all necessary steps to enforce the guidelines: MHA

Posted On: 21 MAY 2020 7:44PM by PIB Delhi
Strict Implementation of all measures in Government guidelines is essential to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, violations in the implementation of MHA Guidelines are being reported at various places across the country. Taking note of this the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all States/UTs and emphasised that the Ministry’s guidelines should be strictly implemented, and all authorities in States/UTs should take necessary steps to ensure the same.

States and UTs are now empowered to delineate various zones and decide on the activities prohibited, or allowed with restrictions, in accordance with the MHA guidelines. The communication stresses on proper delineation of containment zones by following guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), and effective implementation of containment measures within these zones, which is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Action must be taken if any deviations are noticed, it states.

The communication mentions the importance of observing the night curfew strictly, as it would ensure social distancing, and contain the risk of spread of infection.  Accordingly, strict compliance of these orders should be ensured by the local authorities. It also reiterates that it is the duty of all District and local authorities to enforce the National Directives for COVID-19 Management and ensure that people wear face covers, ensure social distancing at work, transport and in public places, maintain hygiene and sanitation etc.

Circle Office replied to the letter of Circle Secretary P-IV, Odisha regarding protest against targets in AePS transactions and opening of IPPB Accounts by Postmen staff


Circle Office reminded the AGM, IPPB Ltd., Bhubaneswar for compliance within 3 days.


Holding of Review DPC for promotion to HSG-II Cadre (Postal)








Appeal to make successful the Nationwide Protest Day on 22.05.2020