Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Connecting rural India- Network-connected handheld devices for postal delivery soon

The Department of Posts is likely to soon start a Rs 1,370-crore mega project that will allow India's 1.3 lakh postmen in rural regions to use network-connected handheld terminals for postal delivery.

The project, awarded last year to a consortium that includes state-run Telecom Consultants of India (TCIL), system integrator Ricoh India and Hyderabad-based VisionTek, which provides handheld devices, was delayed due to unavailability of components. 

Big IT companies such as HP and Wipro were also in the running for the contract rolled out by the ministry of communications & information technology. 

"Based on terminal devices on network, the DoP initiative is likely to happen later this month. The project was delayed as the private company took time to deliver the components," TCIL's chairman and managing director Vimal Wakhlu told ET. 

The devices will have a biometric module to authenticate an individual's identity using the Aadhaar number, solar-powered panel for charging terminals and a thermal printer to instantly print receipts. "This is completely an indigenous project, including devices and components, and strengthens the concept of `Make in India'," said Wakhlu. 

The initiative is aimed at preventing postal losses and minimizing procedural delays. The service will require a digital signature of the addressee that can be automatically transferred to a central server and an acknowledgement sent to the person. 

TCIL is roping in state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for providing network connectivity. 

The movement of postmen can be tracked using GPS on this device. It will help monitor the entire system and ensure more efficiency as post offices play a vital role in India's rural economy, Wakhlu said. "This programme is a step towards financial inclusion of the people of rural India as it will facilitate financial transactions. Money can be delivered and accepted through this device, with proper bank account and receipts delivery," he said. 

Ricoh will act as the systems integrator, managing installations, maintaining hardware and supplying peripheral devices for the project. 

"We have won the Rs 1,370-crore contract from DoP for the supply of hardware solutions under the department's modernization initiatives. Ricoh will be providing maintenance services for rural ICT devices for a period of five years," said Ricoh India's managing director Manoj Kumar.

Source : The Times of India

Friday, 22 May 2015

Rule-38 transfer case - list of 22 approved cases is released by Circle Office, Hyderabad

Circle office, Hyderabad has approved rule 38 transfer cases of 22 officials in Postal assistant/Sorting assistant cadre vide CO memo dated 20.05.2015.
Click here to view the CO memo containing the list of officials whose cases are approved for rule -38  tranfer. 

Rates of remuneration payable to DoP for Savings Bank and Savings Certificates work for the Year 2015-16

POSB Rates for the Year 2015-16
Rate per unit
Savings Deposits
Savings Certifcates (NSC,KVP)
Indira Vikas Patra
Silent Accounts

Monday, 18 May 2015

Geneneral knowledge


"When ambition ends, happiness begins."
- (Proverb)
Brass gets discoloured in air because of the presence of which of the following gases in air?
B.Hydrogen sulphide
C.Carbon dioxide

Which of the following is a non metal that remains liquid at room temperature?

Chlorophyll is a naturally occurring chelate compound in which central metal is

Which of the following is used in pencils?

Which of the following metals forms an amalgam with other metals?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Postal system being developed on lines of Digital India: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the postal system was being developed on the lines of Digital India but assured that not single employee would lose his job as a consequence.
“Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, the postal system is being developed on the lines of ‘digital India’,” Prasad said here at a function.
He said that it was a matter of pride that electronic transactions had now begun in post offices. “I can assure that the postal department will take care of postal officials and they would not lose their jobs,” Prasad added. He said post-men and post office officials have to adapt to the latest technology.
“Post-men working in rural areas would be provided modern hand-held devices and post offices would be computerised,” the minister said. India Post has over 1.55 lakh post offices, of which more than 1.39 lakh are in rural areas.