Kapil Sibal Minster of Communications & Information Technology and Human Resource Development today conferred the Meghdoot Awards here today to the postal employees. Speaking on the occasion Shri Sibal said that skill and capacity of 3.25 lakh Gramin Dak Sewaks will be developed through a comprehensive and time bound Rural Entrepreneurship Programme.This program is being finalized by Department of Posts and Ministry of Human Resource Development together. Congratulating the Awardees, the Minister expressed confidence in the ongoing transformation projects that will help India Post to match the changing technologies and evolving lifestyles and serve their customers better. Addressing the gathering Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State of Communications & Information Technology and Human Affairs emphasized the importance of role of Post Offices in the implementation of the schemes meant for common man, be it disbursement of wages, pension or Unique Identification Number.
This scheme of National awards known as ‘Meghdoot Awards’ was instituted in the year 1984 to provide encouragement to the postal employees by recognizing performance of high standard. The awards given for outstanding contribution in the sphere of official work were earlier given in six individual categories. In order to motivate the personnel in the field of technology, a new category i.e., “For Technology Excellence” was introduced for the year 2006. For the years 2009 and2010 another category viz. “Best Woman Employee” has since been introduced for the first time. Thus in all eight categories of awards are being conferred in individual category. An award in Group Category comprising trophy was also given for best post office Chandragiri Head Post Office, Andhra Pradesh. Meghdoot awardees in individual category were given a medal, a scroll and cash award of Rs. 11000 (Rupees eleven thousand).
The awards are given every year to the officials selected from amongst the nominations received from various postal circles.