Department of Posts Current Affairs - 2019
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India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is expected to go live with 650 branches in addition to 3,250 access points co-located at post offices in August, 2018 following final clearance from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start. RBI has given approval to IPPB after testing its entire system.
IPPB was incorporated on August 17, 2016 under Companies Act, 2013 as a public limited company with 100% Government of India equity under Department of Posts (Ministry of Communication & Technology). It was the third entity to receive payments bank permit after Airtel and Paytm.
Around 11,000 gramin dak sevaks (in rural area) and postmen (in urban area) will provide doorstep banking services. IPPB also has been given permission to link around 170 million postal savings bank (PSB) account with its account. It will also carry out RTGS, NEFT, IMPS transaction that will enable IPPB customers to transfer and receive money from any bank account.
Payments bank is new model of banking allows mobile firms, supermarket chains and others to cater to banking requirements of individuals and small businesses to further enhance financial inclusion. It will be set up as differentiated bank and will confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, internet banking and other specified services but cannot undertake lending services. Payments bank can accept deposits maximum up to Rs 100,000 per account from individuals and small businesses. They can issue ATM/debit cards but not credit cards and can also issue other prepaid payment instruments. They also can distribute non-risk sharing simple financial products like mutual funds and insurance products.
Department of Posts under Ministry of Communications has launched Cool EMS Service between India and Japan. It is one-way service from Japan to India which allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use which is allowed under Indian regulations.
Cool EMS Service
The Cool EMS Service came into force from March 2018. Initially, it will be available in Delhi only. Food items will be carried by Japan Post in special cool boxes containing refrigerant to preserve quality of food items. The recipient addressee will collect them from Foreign Post office, Kotla Road, New Delhi in-person or through a messenger in prescribed time frame. Cool EMS service also has all other features like track and trace, etc of Express Mail Service (EMS).