New Delhi: The postal department has set a target to more than double its market share in parcel business in next two years, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said .
“Approximately, we have 3-4 per cent share in parcel business. Private players offer effective service instantly while in government system people at small places are required to wait for decision of headquarter. Therefore, to take instant decision and to offer competitive service, we have created a separate parcel directorate and set target of achieving 10 per cent of this parcel business in coming 2 years,” Sinha said.
He was sharing status of works being done at the department on the eve of World Post Day. In 2017-18, India Post handled 618 crore mail articles, 18 crore, registered articles and 46 crore speed post articles. According to a KPMG report, the e-commerce retail logistics market alone is valued at USD 1.35 billion in 2018, and is projected to witness a growth of around 36 per cent in the coming five years.
“Around 94-96 per cent people get articles delivered to them in time,” Sinha said. He said that the department has set-up call centre in Varanasi to handle customer grievances and resolve complaints. The minister also said that the postal department is a commercial department of government and steps are being taken to ensure that the department become self sustainable.
He said that the department is on track to set-up a separate insurance company under the DoP and request for proposal have been invited from consultants. “We have set target to complete this work (set-up insurance firm) in two years,” Sinha said. He said many people doubt success of the insurance firm project under the DoP and same was the case when Life Insurance Corporation was started.
“Our country is proud of the work that LIC has done. Despite entry of many foreign and private domestic players, the trust of people that LIC has gained, no one else had been able to achieve that feat. Similar, institution under postal department will be set-up,” Sinha said. He noted that India Post Payments Bank, which was started on September 1, has been able to open 12 lakh accounts with deposits of around Rs 13 crore.
While sharing update of passport facility at India Post, Sinha said the government has fixed a target, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that in Parliament that we are making an arrangement in the country, and no one should need to travel more than 50 kilometers for getting passport.
“There will be Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in every Lok Sabha constituency. POSK has started at 221 places and 491 places have been identified where we have to work. There is space available in most of the places and problem in some, for which we are making alternate arrangements,” the minister added. He said that till date 15 lakh people have received passport in 15 days– even in small cities like Betia, Ghazipur, Azamgarh.
RBI needs to ensure stability: Shaktikanta Das
New Delhi: The head of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said he would take the steps necessary to maintain financial stability in the country and help create favourable conditions for growth.
India’s economy has grown because of measures such as the nationwide goods and services tax and the insolvency and bankruptcy code that prevents wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets, Shaktikanta Das said in his address to an investor roundtable.
The country’s growth story is backed by its strong domestic fundamentals, he said, citing lower inflation.
Annual retail inflation rate dropped to an 18-month low of 2.19 per cent in December, strengthening the views of some economists that the central bank could ease monetary policy next month.
India’s top business groups on Thursday urged the central bank to cut its benchmark interest rate by at least half a percentage point and lower the cash reserve ratio it imposes on banks.
The country also needs to watch out for any sudden turbulence in the gloal financial market, Das said.
Centre removes two PNB executive directors for lapses in Rs 13,500-cr fraud
Chennai:The Central government has removed two Punjab National Bank (PNB) Executive Directors — Sanjiv Sharan and K.Veera Brahmaji Rao — for the lapses in the Rs 13,500 crore fraud allegedly perpetrated by absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi.
The PNB has intimated the action to the stock exchanges.
“We welcome the Central government’s action to dismiss the two Executive Directors. The scam of such proportions could not have happened without the knowledge of the top management,” C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), told IANS.
“Perhaps for the first time, the Centra has removed the Executive Directors of a nationalised bank under the Nationalised Banks (Management and Miscellaneous Provision) Scheme, 1970. All these days it was said the top management of government-owned banks — Chairman, Managing Director, Executive Directors — are governed only by the contract of appointment.
“It is also good that the central government has followed the due process of giving the two PNB Executive Directors opportunity to put forth their views before dismissing them,” Venkatachalam added.
According to the Central government’s notification, on July 3, 2018, Sharan and Rao were issued a show cause notice as to why they could not be removed from office for having failed to exercise proper control over the functioning of PNB, thus enabling the fraud through the misuse of SWIFT at the bank’s Brady House branch in Mumbai.
After considering Sharan and Rao’s replies and the comments of the bank’s Board, the Centre removed them from office as it found it was expedient in the interests of PNB.
According to the notification, the dismissal of Rao is subject to the outcome of a plea in the Delhi High Court.
“We are happy to see some action being taken. Whether it is only the two Executive Directors and other officials are also involved in the scam has to be probed in full,” Venkatachalam said.
According to him, in the past, low-level officers would have been the scapegoats for such massive scams.
“With the action taken on the top management, people will be satisfied that public sector bank officials are answerable for their lapses,” Venkatachalam added.
In this new world, data is the new wealth: Ambani
Mumbai: Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps against ‘data colonisation’, specially by global corporations, stating that Indian data must be owned by Indians.
Invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s movement against political colonisation, Ambani said India now needs a new movement against data colonisation.
“Gandhiji led India’s movement against political colonisation. Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation,” he said Gandhinagar at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.
Stressing that, in this new world, data is the new wealth, Ambani said, “India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporate, especially global corporations.”
He further said, “For India to succeed in this data driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India. In other words, give Indian wealth back to every Indian.”
Stating that the “entire world has come to recognise” Modi “as a man of action”, Ambani said, “Honorable Prime Minister, am sure you will make this one of the principal goals of your digital India mission.”
Later in the day, countering Ambani’s call, Governor – Commonwealth of Kentucky, Matthew Griswold, asked Modi “to think in the opposite” in order to realise the tremendous opportunity that lies in Indo-US partnership.
“Honorable prime minister you have been asked from this stage to think about limiting the amount of competition, limiting the exchange of ideas, information and goods. I would encourage you to think in the opposite,” he said.
While stating that it is important to put the people of India first, Griswold said, “It is also important to put their opportunity and our opportunity as citizens of the world to trade with one another and exchange ideas because iron sharpens iron.”
The greatest possibility comes from the exchange of these idea, he added.
“If we can cut the regulations, cut the bureaucracy, cut the red tape, the opportunity is enormous between our nations,” he added that India is now the 10th largest trading partner for the US and “climbing quickly”.
“The opportunity before us between India and the United States is incredible, but responsibility falls on each of one us, those of us in elected positions, those of you in the industry, those of you who represent various constituencies, we have much work to do…we must do this, ” Griswold said.