World Post Day Quick Facts
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World Post Day Brief
World Post Day is celebrated every year on 09 October. In view of the usefulness of postal services and their possibilities, World Post Day is celebrated every year on 09 October by Universal Postal Union. The purpose of World Post Day is to spread information about the products of the Department of Posts among the customers, to make them aware and to establish co-ordination among the post offices.
World Post Day History
World Post Day is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Berne, the capital of Sweden. In 1969, October 09 was declared World Post Day by the Congress of the Universal Poster Union held in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, Postal Day is celebrated all over the world to show the importance of postal services. Every year around 150 countries celebrate World Post Day. Various countries also start new services on this occasion.
World Post Day Objective
The purpose of World Post Day is to spread information about the products of the Department of Posts among the customers, to make them aware and to establish coordination among the post offices.
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What is the Post office called?
A post office is a facility that performs the work of depositing (posting), sorting, delivering, etc. It works under a postal system. A post office is also a public department that provides a customer service to the public and handles their mail needs.
Post offices provide services related to mail such as acceptance of letters and parcels, provision of post office boxes and sales of stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices provide additional services such as providing and accepting government forms (such as passport applications), government services and fees (such as road taxes), and banking services (such as savings accounts and money orders). The chief administrator of the post office is called the postmaster.
Postal Service in India:
India became a member of the Universal Postal Union on July 01, 1876. India was the first Asian country to become a member of the Universal Postal Union. The history of postal services in India is very old.
It was established as a department in India on October 01, 1854 during the reign of Lord Dalhousie. Banking, financial and insurance services are also available in post offices in addition to basic postal services.
Important facts related to postal service in India:
- The head office of the Indian Post Office is located in New Delhi, the capital of the country.
- The term "post-office" was used in the year 1650.
- The postal system was first introduced in India in the year 1766.
- After this, in the year 1774, Warren Hastings established the first post office in Calcutta.
- The use of stamps on letters was introduced in the country in the year 1852.
- On October 01, 1854, postage stamps with the portrait of Queen Victoria were issued for the whole of India.
- The Indian Postal Department released the largest ever postage stamp on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 20 August 1991.
- The Indian Postal Department has issued postage stamps containing the fragrance of sandalwood on 13 December 2006, rose on 7 February 2007 and Juhi on 26 April 2008.
- The present postal pin code number in India was introduced on 15 August 1972.
- The Indian postal system completed 150 years of its journey on 01 October 2004 itself.
- The post office in India was first recognized on 1 October 1854 as a separate entity of national importance under the joint control of the Director General.
National Paostal Week:
According to the Indian Postal Department, World Post Week is celebrated from 09 to 14 October. The purpose of celebrating National Postal Week is to make the general public aware of the contribution of the Indian Postal Department. Different days are celebrated every day of the week.
Saving Bank Day is celebrated on 10 October, Mail Day on 11 October, Postage Stamp Collection Day on 12 October, Business Day on 13 October and Insurance Day on 14 October. On the postal day, the employees doing the best work are also rewarded.
Objective of National Postal Week:
The purpose of the Postal Week is to spread information about the products of the Department of Posts among the customers, to make them aware and to establish co-ordination among the post offices. On Saving Day, customers are given detailed information about the Postal Savings Scheme. Customers are told which savings plan is profitable.