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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.
October 9th, 2019
Chief Postmaster General
West Bengal, Sikkim, A&N Islands
16/11/2019 to 21/11/2019
West Bengal Postal Circle will pay it’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his 150th Birth Anniversary by organising a State-level Philatelic Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata from November 16-21, 2019.
Releasing the Logo and the Prospectus of the Exhibition: “Ekla Chalo Re (একলা চলো রে) - West Bengal State Philatelic Exhibition”, 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.
Eastern Zonal Workshop on Parcel Network Optimisation Project was held at Kolkata on 1st November 2019. The Workshop was presided over by the Member Postal Services Board, Smt. Arundhaty Ghosh.
In order to address the challenge of growing e-commerce and Parcel traffic, West Bengal Postal Circle launches dedicated Road Transport Network on three routes: Kolkata- Guwahati, Kolkata- Patna and Kolkata -Bhubaneswar on 1st November 2019 evening ... Road Transport Network between inter-Circle hubs is likely to ease out the problems of detention of mails and Parcels in the metro hubs, caused by restricted loads for disposal through Air and Rail Transport Network.
“Integrity - A way of life” was the theme chosen by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for the Vigilance Awareness Week (2019) ... By ‘integrity’ Mahatma Gandhi meant total probity in one’s thought and deeds. During the Vigilance Awareness Week in the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, West Bengal Postal Circle paid homage to Mahatma’s all encompassing concept of probity.
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.