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The present postal system in India thus came into existence with the Indian Post Office Act of 1854

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India is one of the earliest active members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, having its headquarters at Berne, Switzerland. Wikimedia Commons
India is one of the earliest active members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, having its headquarters at Berne, Switzerland. Wikimedia Commons
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India Post (the Department of Posts), with its network of 1,54,910 Post Offices, is the largest postal network in the world. The beginnings of this vast postal network can be traced back to the year 1727 when the first Post Office was set up in Kolkata. Subsequently, General Post Offices (GPOs) were also set up in the then three Presidencies of Kolkata (1774), Chennai (1786) and Mumbai (1793).

To bring some uniformity amongst the then Post Offices, the Indian Post Office Act 1837 was enacted. This Act was followed by the more comprehensive Indian Post Office Act 1854. This Act reformed the entire fabric of the postal system and its provisions granted the monopoly of carrying mail in the British territories in India to the Indian Post Office.

The present postal system in India thus came into existence with the Indian Post Office Act of 1854. In the same year, Railway Mail Service also introduced the sea mail service from India to Great Britain and China. Thereafter, the Indian Post Office Act 1898 was passed which regulated postal services in the country

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India Post Tracking

  1. Goto the link: https://www.indiapost.gov.in/VAS/Pages/TrackConsignment.aspx
  2. Type your consignment number.
  3. Search and locate your India post delivery.

NOTE: To track speed posts (high-speed postal service), go to https://www.indiapost.gov.in/MBE/Pages/Content/Speed-Post.aspx

 

Post-office in Mumbai. Wikimedia Commons
Post-office in Mumbai. Wikimedia Commons

Here are some must-know facts about India post: 

1. The government has decided to digitize 1.5 lakh post offices across the country, which includes 1.3 lakh post offices in rural areas.

2. One can buy an exclusive collection of postal stamps offered by India Post on e-commerce websites like Snapdeal and Shopclues. Philatelic products are also available at e-post office – an e-commerce portal of India Post. Through its e-commerce portal, India Post also provides select postal facilities using the web. The department has generated revenue of Rs 24.31 lakh between April 2015 and December 2015 by selling postal stamps.

3. India is one of the earliest active members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, having its headquarters at Berne, Switzerland.

4. There are more than 33.03 crore account holders of the savings scheme of the department.

5. The outstanding balance under all the savings schemes and saving certificates in Post Offices are over Rs 6,19,317.44 crore.

6. Money transfer service of India Post enables instant international money remittance to customers in India sent from 195 countries on a real-time basis. This service is operational in association with Western Union from 9,942 post office locations and MoneyGram through 6,070 post office locations.

Seals of India Post. Wikimedia Commons
Seals of India Post. Wikimedia Commons

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7. To ensure safe and timely delivery of goods, the department has signed an agreement for supply and installation of GPS devices in 990 mail vans. GPS devices have already been installed in 926 mail vans.

8. India Post ATMs have been installed in more than 500 locations across the country.

9. The department has earned revenue of Rs 2,247 crore during the period April 2015 to December 2015 registering a growth of 15% compared to corresponding period last year.

10. The department has 38 heritage buildings having architectural value.

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A bizarre Indian Post Office At The Antarctic Circle

The Dakshin Gangotri Post Office was established under the Department of Post Office at Goa on January 26, 1988.

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Almost 98 percent of the Antarctica is covered with ice over there. Wikimedia Commons
Almost 98 percent of the Antarctica is covered with ice over there. Wikimedia Commons
  • The temperature Antarctic Circle varies from -25 degrees to -128 degrees
  • The Post Office was part of the research place known as Dakshin Gangotri
  • India has two research stations at Antarctic Circle namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’

NEW DELHI: The Antarctic is the southernmost continent of the earth and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere. The entire place is surrounded by the Southern Ocean and almost 98 percent of the land is covered with ice over there.

The Antarctic is considered as the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. The temperature Antarctic Circle varies from -25 degrees to -128 degrees. This makes it an inhabitable place to survive but there are almost 4000-5000 people of different nations are stationed here on various research shelters.

The temperature Antarctic Circle varies from -25 degrees to -128 degrees. Wikimedia Commons
The temperature Antarctic Circle varies from -25 degrees to -128 degrees. Wikimedia Commons

So, to have Post Office at such a place in the age of social media networking is quite weird. Isn’t it?

Once, India had a Post Office in the remote area of Antarctic Circle. The Post Office was part of the research place known as Dakshin Gangotri. It was set up during the third Indian expedition to the Antarctic but after six years of rigorous service, the place was decommissioned. The whole place got buried under the heavy blanket so snow and is now marked as a historical site.

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The Post Office was part of multiple support systems at Dakshin Gangotri. The other facilities included an ice-melting plant, accommodation, recreation facilities, laboratories, storage, accommodation, recreation facilities, a clinic and a bank counter.

The Post Office was part of the research place known as Dakshin Gangotri. Wikimedia Commons
The Post Office was part of the research place known as Dakshin Gangotri. Wikimedia Commons

The Dakshin Gangotri Post Office was established under the Department of Post Office at Goa on January 26, 1988. Scientist G. Sudhakar Rao was appointed as the first Honorary Postmaster. He had gone to the Antarctic as a member of the Seventh Indian Scientific Expedition in 1987. In the very first year of its foundation, almost 10,000 letters were posted and cancelled in the Dakshin Gangotri post office.

Presently, India has two research stations at Antarctic Circle namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’. Bharti station was constructed and established in March 2013. Here, Indian scientists are stationed to understand the Polar processes and phenomenon. Whereas, Maitri station was structured long ago in 1989 and it is still going strong.

India has two research stations at Antarctica Circle namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’. Wikimedia Commons
India has two research stations at Antarctic Circle namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’. Wikimedia Commons

To serve the personnel at such a long location through a Post Office is really a daunting task.