This is how World Post Day is celebrated
Let us tell you that World Post Day is celebrated all over the world on 9 October every year. The purpose of celebrating World Post Day is to make people aware about postal services and postal department and to facilitate them.
Know the history of World Post Day
In the year 1874, 22 countries signed an agreement in the Swiss capital Bern to form the Universal Postal Union (UPU). In 1969, this day was chosen as World Post Day at a conference held in Tokyo, Japan. India has been the first Asian country to become a member of the Universal Postal Union on July 1, 1876. India has been a member of the first class since its inception in terms of population and international mail traffic. After the formation of the United Nations, the Universal Postal Union emerged as a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1947.
Postal service is connecting with new technology
In the changing times of technology, postal systems around the world have improved existing services and associated themselves with new technical services. Express services have been started for delivery of mails, parcels, letters to their destination. Financial services provided by post offices have also been linked with modern technology. New technology based services were started about 20 years ago and since then these services were further developed with technology. Along with this, people’s confidence in online postal transactions also increased during this period.
In a research by UPU, it was found that at present there are more than 55 different types of postal e-services available in the world. The number of postal e-services is going to be increased in future. The Postal Operations Council (POC) has been the technical and operational body of UPU. It consists of 40 member countries, they are selected during the conference. Its annual meeting is held in Bern, the headquarters of UPU. It looks after all matters of postal business operations, economic and commercial. Wherever uniform practices or practices are required, it provides its recommendations to member states for standards of procedures, including technical and operational, to the best of its ability.
A postal worker serves an average population of 1,258
It may have lost its relevance with the advent of other means of communication, but in some ways it still remains relevant. We can understand it more clearly from these figures related to Post Office around the world. 82 percent of the global population gets the benefit of home delivery from the Department of Posts. A postal worker serves an average population of 1,258. At present 55 types of postal e-services are available worldwide. Post has provided 77 percent online services. 133 Post provides financial services. 83.62 percent of international postal material is delivered within the standard time of five days.
Postal code is in 142 countries
Please note that postal codes are available in 142 countries. For electronic management and monitoring of mail, postal services in 160 countries are using UPU’s International Postal System software. In this way 141 countries have defined their Universal Postal Service. Indian Postal Department is doing the work of postal delivery in the country on the basis of Pincode Number (Postal Index Number). Pincode numbering started from 15th August, 1972. Under this, the postal department had divided the country into nine geographical regions. Let us tell you that numbers 1 to 8 are geographical areas and number nine was allotted to the Army Postal Service. The first number of the pin code is the area, while the second number represents the sub-region and the third number represents the district. At the same time, the last three numbers indicate the specific post office of that district.
Postage stamp exhibition is held on this day
On this occasion, the 192 member countries of UPU around the world celebrate the World Post Day and underscore the importance of global mail. On this occasion, it is also told what and how is the impact of UPU on society and the global economy. Not only this, special postage stamp exhibition is also organized on this day and new postal innovations are also announced.
This is the theme of 2021
In the year 2021, on the occasion of World Post Day, the very best theme has been kept, ‘Innovate to recover’ i.e. ‘Bring new change for restoration’. It has also been said to take a pledge that today efforts should be made to save as well as improve the postal system. Which has become a necessity today. In a world where everything is going digital, UPU urges everyone to help restore postal services and come up with better ideas to save it.