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World Post Day -09/10/2015

  Message from the Director General

Innovation, Integration and Inclusion are the key drivers for the future of the Post

Bishar Abdirahman HUSSEIN
As we celebrate World Post Day today, we can look back with satisfaction on a rich history of transformation in the Post, which has always been able to find its place in the world market. Indeed, the Post can pride itself on being the oldest medium of communication, one that still plays a key role in the sending of information and goods.
From liberalization to privatization and the emergence of competition, the Post has faced many challenges to its survival, but none so daunting as the development of modern information technology. Today, the traditional postal business line – letter post – has been greatly challenged by faster and more efficient ways of communication thanks to advancements in information and communications technologies.
However, successful Posts have taken these challenges as opportunities to innovate and establish new market segments, understanding that a faster and more efficient communication medium is actually what the Post needs in order to build a new business value chain.
The transformation has not come easily. Indeed, there are still many Posts that have yet to take full advantage of new technologies to improve their business performance. Nevertheless, the message is loud and clear: the survival of the Post hinges on its ability to quickly change and innovate. Customer expectations, needs and tastes are changing, and the Post must change as well to meet these new demands.
With that realization, the Universal Postal Union, in its draft World Postal Strategy for 2017–2020, has identified postal industry reform as the key driver for the future. In its blueprint, Vision 2020, the UPU focuses on Innovation, Integration and Inclusion as the main factors that will drive postal business in the future.
The reality is that the future of the Post strongly depends on its ability to innovate and create new products and services. One of the keys to innovation will be the Post's capacity to embrace new technologies and transfer its trusted brands into the digital space. To achieve this, it will be critical for the Post to develop digital competencies, along with the relevant regulatory frameworks that will support the new environment.
For successful integration, the Post will need to build a seamless network that is connected both virtually and physically, and that has a local and international presence. Full integration calls for the involvement of all key players in the postal supply chain, including customs and transport, and the facilitation of cross-border e-commerce.
With the United Nations' new Sustainable Development Goals, which have been embraced by world leaders, the Post today has an even more relevant role to play as an infrastructure for development. Given its universal nature, the Post is best placed to drive the economic, social, financial and digital inclusion of all citizens of the world. Through its vast network, the Post should target micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the unbanked population as a new business frontier and create appropriate products to support the market. Achieving success in this area is one of the best ways to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, for the benefit of the global community.
The future of the Post starts now. We must all work towards creating products and services that meet the needs of our current and future customers. Let us focus on innovation, integration and inclusion in our business to create a strong Post for the future. Only in doing so will the Post be able to achieve success and maintain its place in the world market, with a presence that continues to be visible and relevant.
I wish you a happy World Post Day.

Let us wait and see whether decision in respect of revising Bonus Ceiling limits would be taken in the meeting to be held between JCM staff side and DOPT on 9-10-2015. 

It seems the government is not ready to revise the Bonus Ceilings which is one of the main demand of central government employees.
The central Trade union called for one day strike on 2nd September 2015 to settle the demands raised in Charter of demands.
The government called the Central trade union leader to discuss the issues raised in the charter of demands to avoid the proposed strike.In the meeting held on 27th August 2015 the government assured that it will look into the issues and requested the Trade unions to with draw the strike action.
According to the the Press release issued by Labour ministry on 27th August 2015, the following was stated
In view of the suggestions given by Central Trade Unions in the meetings held on 19th July, 26th August and 27thAugust, 2015, the Government assured the following :
2. For the purposes of bonus the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. Earlier in 2006-07 the calculation ceiling was decided at Rs.3500/- and eligibility limit was wage of Rs.10,000/- per month which is proposed to be revised to Rs.7,000 and Rs.21,000 respectively.
Again in the press release issued by Minisry of Labour and employment on 1st September 2015, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment appealed the Central Trade Unions to withdraw the strike and assured the following
2. “For the purpose of bonus, the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. It is proposed to revise the wage eligibility limit from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 21,000 and calculation ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 7,000 or the minimum wage notified by the appropriate Government for that category of employment, whichever is higher. With the proposed revision of the minimum wages, the average calculation ceiling would be about Rs.10,000.
But the central trade union were not satisfied with the statement of central government and refused to withdraw the strike action and participated in all India strike on September 2nd except BMS and claimed it was success.
Meanwhile the general secretary BMS, has published a letter dated 28-8-2015 which was received from Secretary , Ministry of Labour and Employment , confirmed that the Government was considering to revise calculation ceiling for Bonus from the present level of Rs.3500/- per month to Rs.7000/- per month or the Minimum wages for the scheduled employment as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher. Minimum wages have not been fixed yet, however, the minimum wage will be fixed at a level which is respectable.
Unexpectedly the union cabinet announced 78 days bonus for railway employees yesterday but nothing has been said about revising Bonus ceiling limits. The Bonus Orders issued by various ministry confirmed that the existing ceiling Rs.3500/ will be used for calculation. Merely the announcement of bonus with same limits of calculation ceiling will not make central government employees happy. They didn’t wait to just hear the bonus announcement, they are expecting more than that .
Let us wait and see whether decision in respect of revising Bonus Ceiling limits would be taken in the meeting to be held between JCM staff side and DOPT on 9-10-2015.