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Meghdoot Awards conferred to recognize the good performance of employees of Department of Posts

Newdelhi:28/6/22:Dak Karmayogi’, an e-learning portal of the Department of Posts was launched by Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Communications, Railways, Electronics & IT, and Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications, at a function held at Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre on 28-06-2022.

This portal has been developed ‘In-House’ under the vision of ‘Mission Karmayogi’, which was conceptualized by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to bring efficiency in the actions of all the employees of the Government of India and transform the efficiency of bureaucracy with ‘Minimum Government’ and ‘Maximum Governance’.

‘Dak Karmayogi’ portal will enhance the competencies of about 4 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks & Departmental employees by enabling the trainees to access the uniform standardized training content online or in blended campus mode to enable them to effectively deliver several G2C services for enhanced customer satisfaction. On successful completion of the final summative assessment, a system-generated course completion certificate will be sent to the trainee’s registered email ID automatically. Trainees can give their feedback, ratings, and suggestions for every video and other learning content so that necessary enrichment can be ensured.

Department of Posts has been imparting training to its employees through its network of 10 Postal Training Centres/Regional Training Centre and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA), a Central Training Institute. However, with the launch of this portal, Departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks will be able to avail training ‘Any-time, Any-where’ and upgrade their Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge (ASK), at their convenience. The portal is expected to go a long way in being an enabler in providing better services by upgrading employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks.

To recognize the good performance of employees of the Department of Posts and motivate them to maintain or improve their good work, Meghdoot Awards were also conferred in eight different categories by Shri Ashwini Vaishnav, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, and Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications during the event.

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Following employees of the Department of Posts have been conferred with Meghdoot awards for the year 2021:

(i) Sh. Ashok Kumar Sahoo, GDS BPM, Cuttack South Division, Odisha Circle – He has been playing a key role in creating financial awareness among the public, and encouraging them to open accounts under Post Office Savings Bank and India Post Payments Bank. His contribution to insuring the lives of rural people under Rural Postal Life Insurance is commendable.

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(ii) Sh. Prem Lal, Mail Runner, Mandi Division, Himachal Pradesh Circle – He is working as a Mail Runner in Udaipur Shalgran Mail Line of Lahaul which covers a distance of 32 kilometers in difficult terrain with an altitude of more than 9000 feet above mean sea level. It is snowbound for a major part of the year and is known to have avalanches during winter. While moving on this line, fraught with risk and danger, Shri Prem Lal uninterruptedly completes his daily to and fro journey.

(iii) Sh. Dhananjay T, Postal Assistant, Circle Office, Karnataka Circle – His idea of modifying of the value of the ‘Maximum Transmission Unit’ has helped in enhancing the performance of Finacle at lower bandwidth. He has developed software tools for online premia payment of Postal Life Insurance (PLI), Incentive payments, and monitoring Net Accretion of PLI premium, which made PLI operations user-friendly.

(iv) Sh. Vijender Singh Rana, Technical Supervisor, Mail Motor Service, Delhi Circle – He made a significant contribution to the development of ‘workshop tools’ for the repair of CNG vehicles. An innovative approach to mechanical modification of vehicles has proved to be highly useful in MMS operations.

(v) Sh. Sandeep Gundu Kadgaonkar, ASP, Goa Region, Maharashtra Circle – He adopted a ‘cluster approach’ for monitoring which resulted in a higher level of achievement of revenue targets and operational efficiency. He ran a special campaign ‘Suvarnkanya’ for 100% coverage of eligible girls under Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana.

(vi) Sh. Randhir Kumar, Assistant Director, Circle Office, Bihar Circle – He has been instrumental in providing Micro-ATM facility at the doorsteps of common people through ‘The Aadhar Enabled Payment System’. He motivated the staff to implement technology projects, and expand coverage of Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) and India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).

(vii) Sh. Challa Sri Nagesh, Deputy Manager, CEPT, Hyderabad – He has developed ‘D-Cube’ software which is used for the disbursement of MGNREGS wages to beneficiaries. He contributed immensely to the development of the Gramin Dak Sevak online engagement portal.

(viii) Smt. K. Kalaivani, Assistant Director, Southern Region, Madurai, Tamil Nadu Circle – She played a lead role in the migration of Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) operations to Core Banking Solution and implementation of McCamish in Post Offices. She also developed a rigorous monitoring mechanism to ensure the disposal of grievances in a time-bound manner.

Meghdoot Award was introduced in the year 1984. This is the highest award of the Department of Posts at the National level for overall performance and excellence. This award is conferred in eight categories. Awardees are conferred with a medallion, certificate, and a cash award of Rs. 21,000/-.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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