NEW DELHI: Call it a growing desire among citizens to directly connect with the PM, the postal department has witnessed a phenomenal upsurge in letters addressed to the country’s highest office in the past few months.
While the PMO used to receive anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 letters per month during Manmonhan Singh’s tenure, the figure has been 1-2 lakh every month since July, barely two months after Narendra Modi took over as the , said officials. From the pathetic condition of a school to suggestions to generate power from alternative and renewable sources, people seem to be writing to Modi on everything under the sun.
While this could be an indicator of Modi’s popularity among the masses, the sudden increase in the volume of letters has had the post office at Nirman Bhawan, which deals with the PMO letters, on its toes. This has prompted the officials, who were accustomed to dealing with just one fourth of these numbers, to increase the staff strength at the PMO dak unit and upgrade infrastructure. The team led by post master general Vishwamurti and the senior superintendent (central division) Binti Chaudhry had also put in place a better delivery system.
Authorities are searching Thursday for a thief who stole mail from condominiums in Toluca Lake.
Several mailboxes in the 10600 block of Woodbridge Street were hit Thursday morning. The thief also struck the mailboxes across the street. They remained open hours later awaiting investigation from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Some residents told Eyewitness News that the culprit must have had someone buzz them into the building or had the access code to get in.
Barber and his neighbors say they suspect the person who did this had a master key that only U.S. Postal Service mail carriers use, because the mailbox wasn’t forced open.
SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) – The U.S. Postal Service goes by the creed “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but one KPIX 5 viewer said that’s not the case in Santa Clara.
On the Circle Drive neighborhood in Santa Clara a former postal worker said mail stopped coming and she called to find out why.
“My neighbor said he did not receive mail and asked if we had received mail and we had not. There was nothing in our slot. That’s pretty unusual for a Monday,” said the resident identified only as Gail.
She says she was told the overtime clock had stopped her delivery.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The last minute push by political campaigns before Election Day is clogging up our mailboxes and putting a strain on the Postal Service.
Postal workers say more political mailers are going out than ever before, and that may have an affect on how timely our mail is delivered.
"We’re just looking at something nobody’s seen with this amount in political mailings," Mark Case said, the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council President. "I’ve been with the Post Office 18 years and I’ve talked to others who have been there then and longer. They’re saying the same thing."
The MOU has resulted in the conversion of more than 5,200 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) to career status in the Clerk Craft, more than 3,000 in Maintenance Craft, and hundreds in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft.
“I am pleased we were able to extend the MOU, which forged a path to career status for so many PSEs,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) –
When the U.S. Postal Service stopped delivering packages to a New Orleans high-rise, some residents had a tough time getting their medicine.
For the last few months, retrieving postal packages had become a hardship, until this week.
“Sometimes the mailman would leave them (packages) at the front desk, and when we come in, sometimes they would call us and say ‘come on down and get your package’ and sometimes the mailman would deliver the package right in front of the door,” explained resident Elaine Brown.
Concerned about the elderly and disabled tenants, one woman turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for action.
Two months ago, Elaine Brown shared her frustrations with the Defenders after the postal service stopped delivering all packages to the Guste high-rise.
Brown, who’s 65 and diabetic, explained how she would walk several blocks through busy intersections and in the weather to retrieve packages at the main post office on Loyola Avenue.
“Holy spirit said go to FOX 8. FOX 8 just kept coming up,” she said. Her call prompted the Defenders to get answers.
“Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video. Standing in front of the National Postal Museum, Dimondstein adds, “This is where Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would permanently put the public Postal Service.”
Dimondstein urges viewers to participate in a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to stop the PMG from turning the USPS into a “relic of the past” and to tell Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!