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From The Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal
News and Events
National Postal Week is celebrated every year by India Post for seven days commencing on the World Post Day, October 9th. The celebration is made with much fanfare in our Circle comprising of West Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This year World Post Day coincides with the day following Vijaya Dashami. I take this opportunity to express my warm greetings and best wishes to all the users of postal services, our well-wishers, our employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks.
This is the time for us to introspect. We need to ask ourselves whether we were able to rise up to fulfill the expectations of our users. Contrary to popular impression, Postal revenue of the Circle is increasing over the years. Massive growth of e-commerce business has brought new opportunities to postal services. We enjoy the trust of the middle class so far as various financial services offered across post offices are concerned. Our Circle tops the country in terms of mobilization from national savings schemes. India Post is the biggest distribution outlet of the country which is utilized by the Govt. of India to disburse sovereign services to the doorsteps of the citizens: applying for Passports, enrolling for Aadhaar Card or taking Banking services to doorsteps of the people. This new identity of the post office has provided fresh challenges to our employees and I am sure they will rise to the occasion as they always did in past.
Once again I wish good health, prosperity and sense of fulfillment to all the users of postal services in West Bengal, Sikkim and A&N Islands, to our well wishers and to hard working diligent postal employees and the Gramin Dak Sevaks.
Namaskar … Shubho Vijaya !
October 9th, 2019
Chief Postmaster General
West Bengal, Sikkim, A&N Islands
Universal Postal Union (UPU) established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system. In the UPU Congress held at Tokyo in 1969, a decision was taken to commemorate World Post Day every year on 9th October. The day commemorates anniversary of the establishment of the UPU. This year, therefore, 50th World Post Day was celebrated all over the world. India Post celebrates National Postal Week every year commencing on 9th October. On 15th October this year, on the concluding day of the National Postal Week, West Bengal Circle acknowledged performance of its outstanding employees and also paid homage to such employees who in past made outstanding contribution to the society.
Dinabandhu Mitra (1829–1873) was a postal employee, who served in various capacities in undivided Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. A job in the Post Office gives a lot of opportunity to interact with various strata of people. While working in Post Office in different places, Dinabandhu Mitra felt the plight of the indigo farmers in the Eastern India which was reflected best in his play ‘Nil Darpan’ (1860). The indigo revolt (1858) was the revolt of the indigo farmers against planters, which took place in Bengal, year after the Sepoy Munity. The play was first published in Dhaka in 1860 under the pseudonym of the author. Michael Madhusudan Dutt translated the play into English immediately thereafter. The play was also translated into other European languages.
Amiya Bhushan Majumdar (1918–2001) was a writer, who worked for long in Coochbehar Head Post Office. Sri Majumdar is considered to be a noteworthy author of modern Bengali prose. He was awarded with Sahitya Academy Award for his novel “Rajnagar’ in 1986.
Shaktipada Rajguru (1922–2014) was a writer. Several novels of him were adapted for the screen viz. ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ directed by Ritwik Ghatak and ‘Amanush’ directed by Shakti Samanta. Shaktipada Rajguru worked in Kolkata GPO and his literally works were translated into Tamil, Malayalam and other languages
West Bengal Postal Circle paid homage to these three eminent postal employees of yesteryears by releasing a Philatelic Special Cover at Rotary Sadan on October 15th, 2019 at 14:30 hrs. Eminent Bengali writer Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, who was the Chief Guest of the programme, released the Cover.
In this connection, the Department of Posts also conferred DAK SEVA Award to following 12 (Twelve) outstanding postal employees of the Circle for their contribution in the year 2018 – 2019:
Sh. Damber Singh Rai
Gramin Dak Sevak, Gangtok Head Post Office
Sh. Lalu Giri
GDS Branch Postmaster, Companichar, South Presidency Dn.
Sh. Dasarath Samal
Multi Tasking Staff, Circle Office, Kolkata
Sh. Nandalal Naskar
Postman, Canning Town Post Office, South Presidency Division
Sh. Debraj Ghosh
Postal Assistant, Darjeeling Dn.
Sh. Sagnik Chakraborty
Office assistant, East Kolkata Dn.
Sh. Sayantan Maity
Sorting assistant, RMS ‘SB’ Division
Stenographer, Gr. I, Circle Office, Kolkata
Sh. Sujit Pal
Trainer, Workplace Trg. Centre, Entally
Sh. Sankar Barui
Postmaster, Contai, Head Post office
Sh. Aniruddha Ghosh
Offg. Inspector of RMS, Kolkata Airport Sorting Division
Sh. Anup Kr.Giri
ASP, O/o PMG, South Bengal Region
Besides Dak Seva Awards, prizes were given to such employees who performed best towards financial inclusion, towards dissemination of technology in office work and towards promotion of premium services. Swachh Offices were also identified and their efforts were acknowledged.
Sh. Manish Tikadar (Asst. Superintendent) and Sh. Sourav Patra (Grameen Dak Sevak), were conferred with MEGHDOOT Award by the Minister of Communications in a function at National level at New Delhi on October 15th, 2019.
Special Cover was released today at Darjeeling on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary
A Philatelic Special Cover was released on October 1st 2019 at Hayden Hall in Darjeeling on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary.
Mahatma Gandhi visited Darjeeling hills only once in June 1925 on invitation of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das. Gandhiji stayed few days with Deshbandhu in a house known as “Step Aside”, close to the Mall. The Special Cover was released to commemorate Mahatma’s association with Darjeeling. A Stamp Show was also organised in this occasion exclusively on life and works of Gandhi. The Philatelists of Darjeeling and those of neighbouring Districts participated in the Stamp Show.
Deshbandhu C.R.Das passed away at “Step Aside” in Darjeeling on 16th June 1925. His mortal remains were brought to Calcutta where his funeral procession was led by Gandhiji.
First All Women Post Office of Darjeeling Division
First All Women Post Office of Darjeeling Division was inaugurated by CPMG West Bengal Circle on 27th September 2019 at Salbari (PIN: 734002).
Earlier in the week a similar Post Office was inaugurated at Rathbari Town (PIN: 732101) in Malda Division of North Bengal Region.
Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Besides cleanliness drive and various ‘Swachhata’ related programmes, besides organising walks and arranging plantation of saplings, we in the West Bengal Postal Circle celebrated 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by illuminating our Heritage buildings and some landmark Post Office buildings.
Men’s Badminton Championship at Darjeeling
30-09-2019 to 01-10-2019
Regional Postal Sports Board, North Bengal, organised a Men’s Badminton Championship at Darjeeling on September 30 and October 1, 2019 ... All the Divisional teams of North Bengal Region participated in the event and the Championship generated lots of enthusiasm amongst the participants. Host Darjeeling Division won the Championship trophies in Singles and Doubles, both in below 45 age group and in Senior Group.
Glimpses of inaugural programme are given here.
IPPB acknowledgement at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
The performance of the Gramin Dak Sevaks of West Bengal Postal Circle in promoting financial inclusion by bringing rural aspirational customers under the fold of IPPB (India Post Payments Bank) was acknowledged in a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on September 9, 2019 by Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Sh. Bhriguram Patra, Gramin Dak Sevak, Contai Postal Division of West Bengal Circle, who came 1st at all India level in “Kaun Banega Bahubali” promotional campaign of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is receiving the award from Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.
Sh. Nanda Lal, South Presidency Postal Division of West Bengal Circle came 2nd in PAN India promotional campaign “Aaj ka Badshah” carried out by the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) before its 1st anniversary.
Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India encouraged the good performers in a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on 9th September, 2019.
Special Cover on Chandrayaan-2
India’s historic mission to moon - Chandrayaan-2, despite some setbacks had largely achieved its objectives. The entire world applauded Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for “daring to go where no one else has managed to.” Many in the world media lauded India’s engineering prowess decades of space development efforts.
West Bengal Postal Circle released a Philatelic “Special Cover” acknowledging India’s spirit of Space Exploration on 7th September evening at Rotunda of Kolkata GPO, in presence of Dr. Sanjib Sen, Director, Positional Astronomy Centre, Govt. of India, Salt Lake, Kolkata and Sh. D.P.Duari, Director M.P.Birla Planetorium, Kolkata. The Special Cover focussed the mission of Chandrayaan-2 as one aimed at improving “our understanding of the moon, that will benefit India and humanity as a whole”.
“In the world of science, ups and downs are there but what is important is whether we can accept the challenge and learn from minor setbacks here and there”, stated Dr. Duari. While explaining the sparkling discoveries on moon by Chandrayaan-1, Mr. Duari explained how journey of Chandrayaan-2 has already achieved a higher scientific feat. He also elaborated on ISRO’s ambitious plans of space exploration of next five years on this occasion.
Ekla Chalo Re - West Bengal Philatelic Exhibition - 2019
The state level Philatelic Exhibition - "Ekla Chalo Re" (একলা চলো রে)will be held at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, from November 16 to 21, 2019. Since the exhibition is primarily meant to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his 150th Birth Anniversary, it has been named after patriotic song of Tagore "Ekla Chalo Re..." as Mahatma was deeply influenced by this song and cited it as one of his favourites.
Releasing the Logo and the Prospectus of the Exhibition: “Ekla Chalo Re - West Bengal State Philatelic Exhibition - 2019”, in a function on 7th September 2019 at rotunda of Kolkata GPO, Shri Gautam Bhattacharya, Chief PMG of the Circle intimated that 33 Postal Administrations all over the world have issued Postage Stamps to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma and 31 others have made a commitment to release it.
The exhibits, it was stated will be classified into two classes: Invitee class on Mahatma Gandhi and Competitive class on other Philatelic categories.