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Kolkata:  Union Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said rural post offices across the country will also function as common service centres (CSCs) and provide e-services.
He said this while asserting that the postal department played a crucial role in bringing in digital revolution in the country.

“Our vision of digital India is to ensure that from a mason to barber to a tyre-puncture repairer, all can access newer avenues of growth using communications equipment like a smart phone,” said Prasad while inaugurating the revamped building of Bhowanipore post office.

“We are also committed to developing E-commerce, E-education and E-health. This is the larger vision of digital India. And in this digital India initiative, rural post offices have a very crucial role to play.

“We have decided that all the 1.30 lakh rural post offices should also become common service centres (CSCs) to further provide services,” the minister added.

Implemented under the National e-Governance Plan and formulated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, the CSCs are ICT-enabled front end service delivery points at the village-level for delivery of government, financial, social and private sector services in the areas of agriculture, health, education, entertainment, FMCG products, banking, insurance, pension, utility payments etc.

Prasad said he expected the Reserve Bank of India to grant payment license to the proposed Post Bank of India by July.

“We expect to get the RBI nod by July. With 1,54,000 post offices, the new initiative will usher in a financial revolution across the country,” he said.

Hailing the services by the postal department, Prasad said it has done a business of Rs.500 crore in the year in e-commerce besides opening over 52 lakh accounts under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna receiving over Rs.1,000 in deposits.

“Whatever, be the decline in services, people still respect the Indian Railways and the postal services. I urge you all to build upon that respect and contribute towards the growth of the country,” said Prasad, urging the employees to contribute towards the government’s initiative to modernise the postal department.

Prasad also stated that the state-run BSNL was also on the road to recovery.

“Now BSNL is running into losses in excess of Rs.8,000 crore. But in 2004, it earned a profit of Rs.10,000 crore. So we decided to revive it … BSNL already has added 47 lakh new customers and its revenue has risen by 2 percent,” he said.

The minister also said there would be 100 crore mobile connections in the country in next few years.

“In a country with a population of 125 crore, we now nearly 101 crore phone connections of which 98 crore are mobile phones. In the coming few years, we will have over 100 crore mobile phone connectivity across the country,” Prasad said.

“Studies show that a country with more broadband connections has greater impact on the GDP growth.

“So we are bringing national optical fibre network connecting over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country, we are bringing in broadband revolution,” he added.

(IANS)

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Currency, Liquor and FMCG Most Affected Sectors by Counterfeiting Activities

The menace of counterfeiting causes revenue loss of approximately Rs 1 lakh crore ($14.7 billion) annually to the Indian economy and curbing it

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In terms of States, Uttar Pradesh is most affected by counterfeit incidents followed by Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. Pixabay

Currency, liquor and FMCG are among the most affected sectors by counterfeiting activities and the most number of counterfeit cases are reported in these sectors, according to a survey by Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA).

The top 10 sectors with highest number of counterfeit cases for 2018 and 2019 are currency followed by liquor, FMCG (food and beverages), pharmaceuticals, FMCG (personal care), documents, tobacco, automotive, construction material and chemical.

In terms of States, Uttar Pradesh is most affected by counterfeit incidents followed by Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat.

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The top 10 sectors with highest number of counterfeit cases for 2018 and 2019 are currency followed by liquor, FMCG (food and beverages), pharmaceuticals, FMCG (personal care), documents, tobacco, automotive. Pixabay

“The menace of counterfeiting causes revenue loss of approximately Rs 1 lakh crore ($14.7 billion) annually to the Indian economy and curbing it could give a huge boost to economic resources of the country. Be it pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, liquor, automobile, electronic goods, almost every sector is witnessing the damage. Even currency is not untouched,” a statement by ASPA said.

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ASPA is a self-regulated non-profit organisation that represents the entire as physical and digital authentication solutions industry globally. The association has taken on the task of nurturing the anti-counterfeiting ecosystem by sensitising consumers, brands and policymakers towards the menace of counterfeiting and creating awareness around the solutions. (IANS)