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........RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GDS COMMITTEE (2017) REPORT ....IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS STARTED ....... VERIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP FOR RECOGNITION OF SERVICE ASSOCIATIONS IN GDS CADRE HAS BEEN COMMENCED..........AIPEU GDS (NFPE) SUBMITTED APPLICATION TO THE DIRECTORATE IN THE NAME OF 'AIPEU-GDS' TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ENSUING VERIFICATION................... .......

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Driving Financial Inclusion through India Post - ---


Any institution that works to establish financial inclusion takes on the role of becoming a emissary of trust - trust in the economy . To establish the first level of trust for the unbanked  is one of the biggest challenges across third world economies. Postal networks have often been the most effective tools of establishing inclusion and yet remain the least accredited  and overlooked.

The Global Findex mentions that 67 percent of bank regulators across 143 jurisdictions, have a mandate to promote financial inclusion. 4 International organizations, including the G-20 and the World Bank, have either formulated strategies or are in the process of doing so to promote financial inclusion. In recent years more than 50 countries have set formal targets and ambitious goals for inclusion. A study by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) states that 1.4 million postmen go door-to-door daily establishing a daily 2 million odd contact points across the world. Postal networks therefore become the strongest channels of inclusion globally and India has one of the most ambitious projects at hand.

India's Financial Inclusion Agenda

On the 15th Of August 2014 , Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a large scheme for inclusion under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna . The number of accounts opened under the scheme reached 255 million (including 57 million zero balance accounts) by November 2016 and 15 million more accounts were opened post the Demonetization announcement. The amount of deposits rose to about 665 billion Indian Rupees (10 billion USD) and over 19 lakh householders availed the overdraft facility of 2.56 billion (US$38 million) by May 2016.

Banking with the Post Office

Globally , 50 percent of adults have an account at either at a financial institution , post office or both institutions, 12 percent have an account at the post office as well as a bank, and 3 percent (6 percent of all account holders) have an account at the post office only.

Roughly 28% of the world's adults use postal services for payments (for example, invoice payments and social benefits) and remittances. According to UPU research 1.5 billion people worldwide currently go to post offices for these types of transactions, but only 1 billion have accounts. One strategy, adopted by posts in a number of countries, is to use cash-based services as an introductory product to account-based services and savings. Following that model, people who use posts to access certain financial services without an account could potentially move from informal to formal savings.

In the mobile financial services ecosystem, we can identify three groups of actors: users (individuals, businesses, governments), providers (banks, post offices, MNOs, MFIs, etc.), and support services for providers (FinTech, agent networks, switch, etc.).41 Postal operators across the world have been playing a role both as direct providers of mobile financial services and as support services for other providers .
Below is an adaptation from a comprehensive SWOT Analysis done by the Universal Postal Union as part of the Global Panorama on Postal Financial Inclusion 2016 to assess the role of Postal networks in digital financial services -

Strengths
  • Ubiquitous physical network
  • Cash management experience
  • Experience in managing agents
  • Trust and proximity to customers
  • Experience in financial transactions
  • Experience in distributing large volume/low margin products and services
  • Regulatory approval to offer mobile financial services
Threats
  • Declining traditional postal market
  • Exponential growth of mobile money operators/card networks/digital financial service providers
  • Current price structure of postal financial products
Weaknesses
  • Lack of technological innovation
  • Lacl of consumer orientation
  • In some cases liquidity management challenges in rural areas
  • Insufficient connectivity
  • Lack of resources needed to invest in development of digital financial services
Opportunities
Experience in financial transactions which can be a building block to expand activities in the field of digital financial services
  • Agents for Cash In/Cash Out
  • Super-Agent
  • Strategic partnerships/joint ventures
  • As a trusted public actor , interconnection tool /switch  for mobile money providers
  • Launch own digital services

A Mammoth Challenge for the World's Largest Postal Service

Established in 1854 ,India Post today has about 150,000 post offices in the country today ,  almost growing to seven times its size since the Indian Independence in 1947.India Post has been battling a number of challenges to establish its inclusion programs - shortage of trained staff , cost of implementation and a credit hungry rural India. With no lending programs as part of its road-map , the post office has fallen behind in its customer acquisition to a number of rural regional banks who grew in the light of the PMJDY .

India Post has undergone multiple makeovers since its formation. Apart from mail delivery , India Post has been servicing India as a business logistics service provider and a trusted financial advisor . Its  services range from basic financial services such as provision of savings bank accounts , recurring and time deposit schemes as well as saving schemes for senior citizens. There are short and long term investment options through the NSC schemes . It plays a key role for the thousands of migrant workers who send home money through a tie up with Western Union for its International Money Transfer Scheme and also with MoneyGram for payments from the US into India. Money Orders , Instant Money Orders help money to be wired across the country. India Post takes on the support role for small businesses and infrastructure service providers in the form on a collection agent and its logistics arm.Yes ,  India Post enables payment collection from the remotest of areas through its many-to-one solution which allows collection of money (telephone bills, electricity bills, examination fee, taxes, university fee, school fee etc.) on behalf of the subscribing biller . The collection is consolidated electronically using India Post's web based e-Payments solution and the payout is made centrally through cheque from a specified Post Office of the biller's choice. Since demonetization, India Post has helped hundreds of thousands deposit up to Rs. 32621 crore ($4.75 billion) in the two weeks since 500 and 1000 rupee notes were withdrawn.

A  Game plan to Scale

A 4,909 crore (US$730 million) project for computerization and networking of 1.55 lakh post offices across the country is being currently implemented by the Indian government which is aimed at providing better tracking , more relief to staff and digitization of operations. It also involves core banking and insurance  solution implementation and upgrades . Project Arrow aimed at upgrading technology and service was initiated in 2008 and since then garnered lot of appreciation and investment from the government. Further investments have poured in ever since .
The current government has plans to use the digitization exercise for data registration services via its postal network to enhance digital reach and establish phase 2 of financial inclusion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a Task Force to leverage the postal network in India to enhance the role of India Post in financial inclusion, among other services and is expected to submit its report by year-end.

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)  has rolled out its pilot services in the end of January 2017 in Ranchi and Raipur. The bank targets to have 300,000 postmen trained to take on the additional  role of payment bank correspondents .By September 2017, 650 bank branches will sprout across the country and 1000 existing ATMs of India Post will be transferred to IPPB . The paid up equity of the new bank is Rs 800 crore, of which the government has already infused Rs 275 crore.

The stereotypical image of a postman riding down a dusty lane on a rickety old bicycle carrying letters delayed by weeks if not months has changed . Over the last 15 years of India's economic uprising , the red post boxes across the country which eventually turned into spittoons and disappeared mark the end of traditional post. India Post has held on strong through the years of transition continuing to make  a deep impact in India's financial inclusion journey and is now ready with an army of digital-savvy banking and mail correspondents who are poised to take it to the next level .


Source : (copy) Finextra (24-03-17)

AIPEU GrC - - TELANGANA -- CIRCLE WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING

The Circle Working Committee meeting has been held on 23rd March 2017 in Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Hyderabad followed by a Seminar on 24th March 2017.

The meeting presided by Com.Ch.Pratapreddy, President and organized by Com.S.S.R.A.Prasad, Officiating Circle Secretary.

Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU GDS inaugurated the meeting and Com.K.Ramachandram, Convener, Circle Coordination Committee (NFPE) & former All India President, AIP AOEU also attended and addressed.


Seminar on "CHALLENGES BEFORE POSTAL EMPLOYEES ON INTRODUCTION OF NEW SCHEMES / TECHNOLOGY AND THE ROLE OF EMPLOYEES"

Chief guest : Shri Brig. B.Chandra Sekhar IPoS
                       Chief Postmaster General, Telangana Circle

Guest of Honour : Shri M.Eleesha, IPoS
                                Postmaster General, Hyderabad Region

                                Shri P.V.S.Reddy, IPoS
                                Postmaster General, Hyd HQ Region

Guest : Com.R.Sudha Bhaskar, All India Vice President, CITU.
                     


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Minutes of the Departmental Council (JCM) meeting held on 20.12.2016 under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (Posts)

CLICK HERE  FOR FULL COPY OF MINUTES (106 items & 67 pages)


Issues related to GDS taken up in the meeting :

Items:

Sl.No.4 - Item No.4 :
Non supply of Postage stamps and stationeries to Post offices – reg.

S.No.5. Item No.6 :
Issue of Departmental Identity Cards to all staff, including GDS – Reg.

Sl.No.10- Item No.11:
Enhancement the amount of immediate death relief from welfare fund.

Sl.No.19 – Item No.23 :
Spot payment of incentive to SPM / BPM for securing RPLI business

Sl.No.45 – Item No.51
Problems arisen due to implementation of Core banking solution

Sl.No.49 – Item No.59:
Maintaining Waiting list of qualified GDS\ MTS for promotion to Postman Cadre

Sl.No.52 – Item No.58
Revision of Postmen Norms assessment of scientific measurement of beats

Sl.No.55 – Item No.61:
Minor Changes in Postman Remarks for Returned Articles Speed Post & Register and all Accountable Articles

Sl.No.56 – Item No.62:
Delegation of Powers of Limited Transfers of GDS Staff to PMG:

List of participants for the JCM (DC) meeting held on 20.12.2016

Official Side:-

1. Shri B. V. Sudhakar - Chairperson
2. Shri T. Murthy - Member (O)
3. Shri Tilak De - Member (Tech.)
4. Smt. Meera Handa - Member (Plg.)
5. Shri A.K. Dash - Member (P)
6. Smt. Saroj Punhani - JS & FA
7. Shri S. Dashora - DDG (Estates &MM)
8. Shri Manish Sinha - DDG (PAF)
9. Dr. Alok Pande - DDG (FS)
10. Shri Ashish Kumar - DDG (Tech.)
11. Shri Harpreet Singh - DDG (MB)
12. Shri Abhinav Walia - DDG (PO)
13. Smt. Smriti Sharan - DDG (Estt. & SR & Legal)
14. Shri Vineet Pandey - CGM(BD) & CVO
15. Shri Vishvapavan Pati - CGM (PLI)
16. Smt. Sheuli Burman - GM (PLI)

Staff Side:-

1. Shri R.N. Parashar - Leader, Staff Side
2. Shri D. Theagarajan - Secretary General, FNPO
3. Shri Giri Raj Singh - Secretary, Staff Side
4. Shri D. Krishna Rao - Member
5. Shri T.N. Rahate - Member
6. Shri J. Ramamurthy - Member
7. Ms. R. Seethalakshmi - Member
8. Shri Subhash Chakraborty - Member
9. Shri Pranab Bhattacharjee - Member
10. Shri T. Satyanarayana - Member
11. Shri N. Ramappa - Member
12. Shri P.K. Muralidharan - Member
13. Shri Shivkant Mishra - Member


The Union Government has decided to make timely payment of accumulations under the Savings Fund of the Central Government Employee Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS)

The Union Government has decided that in all cases where the service of the retiring Central Government employees has been verified, payment of the accumulation under Savings Fund of Central Government Employee Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) will be made without awaiting confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription of CGEGIS. This would help in timely payment of accumulations under the Savings Fund of the CGEGIS. The necessary Orders in this regard have been issued by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance on 17.03.2017.

Often delay occurs in payment of dues to the retiring Central Government employees as the existing procedure requires confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription to the scheme. The present decision of the Union Government is a step towards simplification of procedure as well as to ensure timely payment of savings along with interest under CGEGIS, to the Central Government employees at the time of retirement.

Under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980, the accumulations under the component of Savings Fund together with interest thereon are payable to the employees on retirement or on cessation of employment with the Central Government or to their family on death while in service.
 

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