National Postal Day: In India, National Postal Day or Indian Postal Day, is celebrated on the 10th of October annually, as an extension of the world post day which is celebrated on October 9.
- This day commemorates the role played by the Indian postal department and its commendable services for the past 150 years, which was founded in 1854 by Lord Dalhousie.
- Indian Postal Day is a part of a week-long celebration, from 9th October to 16th October.
- Several events are held to honor the post office employees, and innovative ideas for the welfare of the India Post are also shared.
Theme of Indian Post Day 2022:
- The theme for Indian Postal Day for 2022 would be "Post for Planet."
- It will mark the importance of postal services offered by workers around the country.
- The main purpose of Indian Postal Day is to highlight the importance of postal services in India.
- Indian postal service is an integral part of India.
- The post office delivers mails, remits money in the form of money orders (which is the only way of sending money for many Indians).
- They also run small savings schemes, provide life insurance coverage under Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance.
- It also plays an important role in discharging government services such as payment of pensions to senior and retired citizens.
- Wages under MGNREGA is also distributed through post offices.
- Although the world has gone digital, people still rely on postal services for various purposes.
- The postal services in India have given the best performance despite the diversity in culture, tradition and difficult geographical terrains as well as in the recent pandemic circumstances.
- Even in the midst of the nation's pandemic emergency, postal workers risked their lives to deliver parcels promptly.
- These services were the sole means of getting medications, Covid-19 testing kits, and medical packages to all afflicted areas throughout the country's widespread epidemic.
Note: In 2018, for postal banking services the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
Indian Postal Service:
- The Indian Postal Service is the government-owned postal system that operates pan-India.
- It is an integral part of the communication services in India.
- as on March 2017, India has 1,54,965 post offices in total.
- There are 23 postal circles in India, each headed by a Chief Postmaster General.
- Despite the diversity in traditional cultures and the varying rugged geographical terrain, the Indian postal service manages to do its job diligently.
About India’s PIN Code system:
- PIN in Pincode stands for Postal Index Number.
- Shriram Bhikaji Velankar, an additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Communications first introduced the 6-digit PIN system on 15 August 1972.
- The first digit of the PIN code marks the region.
- The second digit denotes the sub-region.
- The third digit marks the district.
- The last three digits show the post office under which a particular address falls.
About India Post:
- India Post was first established in 1854 by Lord Dalhousie.
- It was one of the first revolutionary steps towards improved communication in India.
- The world's first official airmail flight took place in India on February 18, 1911.
- The Indian Post Office Act 1898 was passed by the legislature on March 22, 1898.
- It became active on July 1, 1898.
- In Independent India, the first official postal stamp was issued on November 21, 1947.
- The new stamp depicted the Indian flag with the patriots' slogan 'Jai Hind'.