World Post Day
AHMEDABAD, OCT. 8. The Department of Posts will celebrate the World Post Day. It was on this day in 1874 that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was founded in Berne. The day was declared the World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo in 1969.
Countries all over the world participate in the celebrations. The Postal departments of countries introduce or promote new postal products and services on the occasion.
With India Post now celebrating 150 years of existence, the Department of Posts will begin celebrations for the National Postal Week with the World Post Day and then the Business Development Day on October 11. This will be followed by Philately Day, Savings Bank Day, PLI Day and Mail Dayfrom October 12 to 15.India Post is organising a philately workshop on October 12 for school students, with emphasis on the 150 years of India Post. World Post Day posters will be displayed in post offices and public places. Other activities include open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums; conferences, seminars and workshops; and cultural, sport and other recreation activities.
In a message on the occasion of the World Post Day, the UPU Director General, Thomas E. Leavey, said that while universal postal access has improved, especially in the industrialised countries and in countries with emerging economies, postal access in other regions had to be improved. According to the UPU, five per cent of the population in developing countries do not have postal coverage, and Africa is the worst off.