Friday, June 28, 2013

Dept. of Posts applies for banking licence

NEW DELHI, June 28, 2013

The Department of Posts, on Thursday, submitted an application before the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a licence to offer full-fledged banking services.
“We have approached the RBI today [Thursday], and hopefully having met all the conditions of RBI, an in-principle approval might be given. If it is given, I think, it will be a revolutionary step because it will bring banking, subject to Cabinet approval, to the doorstep of the ordinary man in this country,” Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal told PTI.
The RBI is in the process of granting fresh banking licences and has set July 1 as the deadline for applying.
The Department of Posts has plans to start 50 bank branches in the first year and scale it to a total of 150 branched in five years.

The Department of Posts has started inter-ministerial consultations for seeking Cabinet approval on around Rs.1,900 crore fund requirement to start Post Banks. The total amount includes Rs.500 crore paid-up capital required under new banking licence guidelines. — PTI

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Secretary, Posts, ordered filling up of all GDS BPM Posts immediately



PLI Brochure

Click here to view the newly designed PLI Brochure issued by India Post

Addendum to SB order No.09/2013 (Introduction of "Basic Savings Account" under Savings Account Rule 1981): Ministry of Finacne (DEA) Gazette Notification No.323E dated 20.05.2013.

Click here to view Directorate's letter F No.25-10/2005-FS(Vol..III), dated 24.06.2013 and Notification dated 20.05.2013 issued by the Ministry of Finance

Day long Mass Dharana Programme by AIPEU GDS (NFPE), Odisha Circle branch concluded successfully on 25.06.2013 in front of the office of the Principal Chief PMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar

The All India Postal Employees Union, GDS ( NFPE), Odisha Circle branch concluded the day long Dharana Programme on 32 point Charter of Demands ( reproduced below ) successfully today in front of the office of the Principal Chief PMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar. The Dharana Programme was organized by Com. Nirmal Singh, Circle Secretary, AIPEU GDS NFPE, Odisha Circle, inaugurated by Com. R N Dhal, Convener NFPE and General Secretary , Odisha State CoC of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers and presided by Com. M M Acharya, President AIPEU GDS ( NFPE ), Odisha Circle.
The programmed was addressed by the following leaders.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Best wishes to all on Raja Parba

Best wishes to all on Raja Parba

Raja Doli khela, Oriya festival
Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti (Oriya: ରଜ ପର୍ବ) is a four day long festival and the second day signifies beginning of the solar month of Mithuna from, which the season of rains starts. It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Odisha, which marks, through biological symbolism, the moistening of the sun dried soil with the first showers of the monsoon in mid June thus making it ready for productivity.


It is believed that the mother goddess Earth or the divine wife of Lord Vishnu undergoes menstruation during the first three days.The fourth day is called as Vasumati gadhua or ceremonial bath of Bhudevi.The term Raja has come from Rajaswala(meaning a menstruating woman) and during medieval period the festival became more poular as an agricultural holiday remarking the worship of Bhudevi,who is the wife of lord Jagannath.A silver idol of Bhudevi is still found in Puri Temple aside Lord Jagannatha.

Rituals and customs

During the three days women are given a break from household work and time to play indoor games. Unmarried girls decorate themselves with new fashion or traditional Saree and Alatha in feet.All people abstain from walking barefoot on earth. Generally various Pithas are made of which Podopitha,and Chakuli Pitha are main. People play a lot of indoor and outdoor games. Girls play swings tied on tree branches whereas aged ladies play Cards and Ludo.Many villages organise Kabbadi matches among young men. The Raja gita (a folk song sung by the people is:
ବନସ୍ତେ ଡାକିଲା ଗଜ,
ବରଷକେ ଥରେ ଆସିଛି ରଜ,
ଆସିଛି ରଜ ଲୋ
ଘେନି ନୂଆ ସଜବାଜ ॥

ରଜ ଦୋଳି କଟ କଟ,
ମୋ ଭାଇ ମଥାରେ ସୁନା-ମୁକୁଟ,
ସୁନା ମୁକୁଟ ଲୋ
ହେଉଥାଏ ଝକମକ ॥
(Banaste dakila Gaja,barasake thare aasichhi Raja, asichi raja lo gheni nua sajabaja' (meaning the Raja carnival has come with the pomp and pleasure of newness)
ପାନ ଖିଆ ରସିକ ପାଟି,
ଖୋଜି ବୁଲୁଥିଲା ରାଜାଙ୍କ ହାତୀ,
ଢାଳି ଦେଇଗଲା ଶିରରେ,
ରାଜା ହୋଇଗଲେ ରଜରେ ॥
(Pana khia Rasika Pati, khoji buluthila Rajanka hati, dhali deigala sirare, raja hoigale rajare (Meaning the while the lucky charming man chewing betel was blessed with the wondering elephant with the kingship)

Raja Doli of Kendujhar district

Raja parba

It falls in mid June,the first day is called Pahili Raja,second day is Mithuna Sankranti,third day is Bhu daaha or Basi Raja.The final fourth day is called Vasumati snan,in which the ladies bath the grinding stone as a symbol of Bhumi with turmeric paste and adore with flower,sindoor etc.All type of sesonal fruits are offered to mother Bhumi.The day before first day is called Sajabaja or preparatiory day during which the house, kitchen including grinding stones are cleaned,spices are ground for three days. During these three days women and girls take rest from work and wear new Saree,Alata,and ornaments.Its similar to Ambubachi Mela. The most popular among numerous festivals in Orissa, Raja is celebrated for three consecutive days. Just as the earth prepares itself to whence its thirst by the incoming rain the unmarried girls of the family are groomed for impeding matrimony through this festival. They pass these three days in joyous festivity and observe customs like eating only uncooked and nourishing food especially Podapitha, do not take bath or take salt, do not walk barefooted and vow to give birth to healthy children in future. The most vivid and enjoyable memories one has of the Raja gaiety is the rope-swings on big banyan trees and the lyrical folk-songs that one listens from the nubile beauty enjoying the atmosphere.
To celebrate the advent of monsoon, the joyous festival is arranged for three days by the villagers. Though celebrated all over the state it is more enthusiastically observed in the districts of Cuttack, Puri and Balasore. The first day is called "Pahili Raja" (Prior Raja), second is "Raja" (Proper Raja) and third is "Basi Raja" (Past Raja).
According to popular belief as women menstruate, which is a sign of fertility, so also Mother Earth menstruates. So all three days of the festival are considered to be the menstruating period of Mother Earth. During the festival all agricultural operations remain suspended. As in Hindu homes menstruating women remain secluded because of impurity and do not even touch anything and are given full rest, so also the Mother Earth is given full rest for three days for which all agricultural operations are stopped. Significantly, it is a festival of the unmarried girls, the potential mothers. They all observe the restrictions prescribed for a menstruating woman. The very first day, they rise before dawn, do their hair, anoint their bodies with turmeric paste and oil and then take the purificatory bath in a river or tank. Peculiarly, bathing for the rest two days is prohibited. They don't walk bare-foot do not scratch the earth, do not grind, do not tear anything apart, do not cut and do not cook. During all the three consecutive days they are seen in the best of dresses and decorations, eating cakes and rich food at the houses of friends and relatives, spending long cheery hours, moving up and down on improvised swings, rending the village sky with their merry impromptu songs.
The swings are of different varieties, such as 'Ram Doli', 'Charki Doli', 'Pata Doli', 'Dandi Doli' etc. Songs specially meant for the festival speak of love, affection, respect, social behaviour and everything of social order that comes to the minds of the singers. Through anonymous and composed extempore, much of these songs, through sheer beauty of diction and sentiment, has earned permanence and has gone to make the very substratum of Orissa's folk-poetry. While girls thus scatter beauty, grace and music all around, moving up and down on the swings during the festival, young men give themselves to strenuous games and good food, on the eve of the onset of the monsoons, which will not give them even a minute's respite for practically four months making them one with mud, slush and relentless showers, their spirits keep high with only the hopes of a good harvest. As all agricultural activities remain suspended and a joyous atmosphere pervades, the young men of the village keep themselves busy in various types of country games, the most favourite being 'Kabadi'. Competitions are also held between different groups of villages. All nights 'Yatra' performances or 'Gotipua' dances are arranged in prosperous villages where they can afford the professional groups. Enthusiastic amateurs also arrange plays and other kinds of entertainment.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Supply of bicycles to GDSs working in Branch Post Offices - Regarding

All SSPOs/SPOs in Odisha Circle
No.ESP/2-Misc/2011 -12 Dated at Bhubaneswar the 03.06.2013
Sub: Supply of bicycles to GDSs working in Branch Post Offices - Regarding
The criteria for supply of bicycles to GDSs working in Branch Post Offices as per the Directorate letter No.17-3/2013-MV dated 29.05.2013 are as follows:
(1) GDS Delivery Agent should cover at least 3 KMs per day for delivery of mails.
(2) GDS Delivery Agent as also GDS DA doing the combined duty of BPM and/or Mail Carrier is eligible for bicycle.
(3) Only one bicycle will be supplied to a Branch Office.
(4) Where the delivery jurisdiction is limited to the village where Branch Office located, no bicycle would be supplied.
As per the criteria mentioned above I am directed to request you to kindly intimate the number of BOs that served more than one village and the number of bicycles required for your Divisionlatest by 1600 hours of today (03.06.2013) through e-mail positively for report to Directorate.
Assistant Director (Est/Plg),
O/o the CPMG, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001
Copy to: The PMsG Berhampur/Sambalpur Region for kind information & causing necessary compliance.
Assistant Director (Est/Plg),