Ministry of Communications has
three departments: Posts, Telecommunication and IT.
Posts in India were introduced by Lord Clive in 1766 and
consolidated by Lord Hastings by starting the GPO. The
uniform rate of postage by Lord Dalhousie made it the common
mode of communication accessible to all Indians.
Postal Service board is the apex controlling authority of
Indian posts. It has six members and a chairman. Deputy
secretary and financial advisor to the department are
permanent invitees. The Secretary of Dept of Posts provides
implementation of the decisions.
Indian post is the largest post organisation in the
world. 90% of its branches are in rural areas. The post
offices in hilly areas are subsidised by 85% and in normal
rural areas by 67%. One post office covers an area of 21
sq. km and 7800 people approx.
Project Arrow: To improve look and feel
and to improve service quality of post.
National Postal week on Oct 9-15 with Philately day on
Currently 52% of World's outsourcing market is captured
by India. Although it is export driven but IT services,
domestic software products and business process management
are the main sectors with high domestic demand in that
e- Bharat: Improving availability of
basic services to common man in his locality using the
MeghRaj: Government of India's cloud
computing environment to act as a repository for various
applications and services.
Software Technology Parks of India:
It is an autonomous society under the DEITy [Dept of
Electronics & IT ] ministry. Main objective is
promotion of software exports of India.
Media Labs Asia
To provide benefits of ICT to common man this was setup
as a not-for-profit company under DEITy.
India has the second largest telecom network in the World
after China. 100 crore telephones are existing with 2
crore landlines and 98 crore mobiles. The tele - density
of India is 80% with 150% in urban areas and 48% in rural
The commission has a chairman, 4 full time members and
three part time members. The full time members are
secretaries in the Dept of Telecom and part time are
secretaries in other departments. The chairman is the
secretary of the Dept. of Telecom.
Formulating the policy on telecom.
Implement the governments decisions on telecom sector.
Preparing the budget of the Dept. of Telecom.
Universal Service Obligation Fund:
It is created by an Act of Parliament to provide subsidy
support to providing telecom services of all types in
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India:
Established by an Act of Parliament in 1997.
ensure compliance of terms and conditions of the license
by the licensee.
lay down quality of service standards to be followed
by service providers.
specify tariff policy
recommend rules for entry of service providers and
terms and conditions for getting a license of service
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Solved Question Papers
Q.The term ‘IndARC’ sometimes seen in the news, is the name of? (UPSC CSAT 2015)
an indigenously developed radar system inducted into Indian Defence
India’s satellite to provide services to the countries of Indian Ocean Rim
a scientific establishment set up by India in Antarctic region
India’s underwater observatory to scientifically study the Arctic region
Ans . D
IndARC, the India’s first underwater moored observatory, has been deployed in the Kongsfjorden fjord, half way between Norway and the North Pole. It will collect real- time data on seawater temperature, salinity, ocean currents and other vital parameters of the fjord.
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