Monday, 30 April 2012

‘Make optimal use of postal assets for national benefit’ : CHANDAN MITRA

Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra on Friday observed that the assets of the Department of Posts were vast national resources, which should be used to maximise benefit to the nation and bolster the financial performance of the department.
He was inaugurating the seventh biennial conference of the Bhubaneswar divisional branch of the All India Postal Employees’ Union (AIPEU), Group-C.
His observation came in the backdrop of a situation wherein postal authorities have nine plots of land in Bhubaneswar but a lot of their official activities were operating from rented premises, with dilapidated buildings and poor infrastructure.
Mitra pointed out that historically, the postal department and the Indian Railways have functioned as pillars of national unity and integration, but in the present rapidly changing scenario, postal activities must be transformed to keep in sync with changes in the modern world and face competition without diluting their character.
He said the Government’s move to give post offices the role of a bank and route MGNREGA remittances through them was an indicator of the important role that the 1,55,000-outlet-strong department could play in providing service to more than six lakh villages.
Mitra assured the AIPEU members that he, along with some Odisha MPs, would meet departmental Union Minister Sachin Pilot and draw his attention to their grievances. Lok Sabha Member from Odisha Mohan Jena, who also spoke on the occasion, promised the union members that he would continue to fight for their cause in New Delhi.
MLA of Bhubaneswar (Central) Bijay Kumar Mohanty observed that in spite of Odisha having two GPOs while many other States have only one, the postal department had continued to ignore the State in providing infrastructure and amenities for customer service.
Chairman of Reception Committee for the conference and MLA Jeetu Patnaik urged the MPs to take up the grievances of the employees with the authorities in Delhi.
The session saw felicitation of retired departmental employees, including Pranab Kumar Das who lost a limb in the parcel bomb incident a few years ago. The employees demanded provision of detectors of such bombs in Post Offices among other issues.
The conference was presided over by president of AIPEU Bhubaneswar Divisional Branch Purna Chandra Das.

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