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Monday, October 31, 2011

Ms Radhika Doraiswamy retiring on superannuation.

Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy (IPoS-1974), Secretary (Posts)/Chairperson,PSB/DG (Posts) Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi is retiring on superannuation from Government service wef 31.10.2011. Afternoon. During her tenure, the postal services had seen sea changes and also several issues remaining for years together had been properly mitigated.
We record our sincere thanks to Madam and wish her a happy and peaceful retired life.
K.V.Sridharan,
General Secretary

Highlights of draft Post Office Bill 2011

1. Opening of market by reducing the exclusive privilege of Central Government:

Gradual opening of the market by phase wise removal of the monopoly proposed. Exclusive privilege reduced up to 150 gm. In case of letters and up to 50 gm. in case of express mail. Couriers can carry letters even within 150 gm and 50 gm ( the reserve area) subject to them charging twice the postal rates for letters and twice the rates for express service.

2. Sunset clause:

A 15 years SUNSET clause for complete removal of exclusive privilege in express service and Parliamentary Review of exclusive privilege in case of letters is proposed.

3. Universal Service Obligation of the Central Government:

As proposed, USO is defined as the obligation of the Central Government to provide, through the Department of Posts, basic postal services at reasonable access, affordable price and with specified service parameters throughout the country. Commitment to provide postal service, delivery and access to post office 6 days of the week except holidays.

4. Definitions:

Definitions of certain ‘terms’ are proposed keeping in view the definition adopted by different countries, as also the requirement of customers i.e.
a) “postal services” means services provided by the Central Government or on its behalf and includes services related to
(i) handling of addressed letters,
(ii) handling of addressed parcels and packages,
(iii) handling of addressed press products,
(iv) handling of these articles as registered or insured mail,
(v) express services for these articles,
(vi) handling of unaddressed articles,
(vii) Value Payable Post,
(viii) money remittance
(ix) Post Office Counter Services
(x) services on behalf of any Ministry or Department of the Central or State Governments, or services on behalf of any other organization
(xi) other services not specified elsewhere;

b) “courier services” means services related to the handling of articles of mail i.e. collection, sorting, dispatch, conveyance and delivery including
(i) handling of addressed letters subject to provisions in Section 4,
(ii) handling of addressed parcels and packages,
(iii) handling of addressed press products,
(iv) express services for these articles subject to provision in Section 4
(v) handling of unaddressed articles,
c) “express services” means postal / courier services related to handling of articles of mail and expedited delivery within a clearly specified and declared time limit with confirmation of receipt and with or without end‐to‐end integration to ensure track and trace and a record of delivery ;

d) “Registered Courier” means any person registered as such under Section ‐‐‐and includes his employee or agent or assignee;

e) “Licensee” means a Registered Courier who has been given license under Section ‐‐;

5. Registration and Licensing:

The Central Government may grant registration to any person undertaking the provision of any courier service in India, who shall be called a Registered Courier. The Central Government may also grant license to any Registered Courier, who shall be called alicensee, for providing certain specific services. There is no registration fee or license fee. Licensing conditions involve adherence to quality, guarantee relief to customers in case of any deficiency in service and commitment to ensure confidentiality and security of letter. All operators will require registration for providing any type of courier service in India. But license will be required only for reserve area, USO and letter mail.

6. Registering Authority:

It is proposed that Central Government shall appoint Registering Authority, in such manner and to perform such functions, as may be prescribed.

7. Appellate Authority:

An Appellate Authority is proposed for redressal of grievances of any person aggrieved by an order of Registration Authority.

8. Setting up Extra Territorial Offices of Exchange (ETOE) and International mail Processing Centers (IMPC) abroad:

Central Govt. may establish ETOEs/IMPCs in other countries for providing international Mail Services including express and parcel services subject to arrangements with such Postal Administrations regarding terms and conditions.
Courtesy: indiapost.gov.in

Sunday, October 30, 2011

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF SPEED POST CENTRES/SORTING HUBS

The matter relating to the administrative control over Speed Post Centres/Sorting Hubs falling under existing Postal or RMS division was raised by the staff side and was under consideration of this Directorate.

It has been decided that the issues of administrative control over Speed Post Centres/Sorting hubs in terms of placing under the administrative jurisdiction of Senior Superintendent/Superintendent of a Postal or RMS Division of a Postal or RMs Division maybe decided by the CPMG concerned taking into account local needs, administrative convenience and effective monitoring

D.G.Posts No. 6-5/2011-D Dated 20-10-2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HAPPY DIWALI

Monday, October 24, 2011

Reservation in promotion Treatment of SC/ST candidates promoted on their own merit




No.36012/45/2005-Estt. (Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block
New Delhi- 110001.
Dated the 10th August,2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Reservation in promotion Treatment of SC/ST candidates promoted on their own merit.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M.No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 11th July, 2002 which clarified that SC/ST candidates appointed by promotion on their own merit and not owing to reservation or relaxation of qualifications will be adjusted against un-reserved points of the reservation roster and not against reserved points. It was subsequently clarified by this Department’s O.M. No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1 .2005 that the above referred O.M. took effect from 11.07.2002 and that concept of own merit did not apply to the promotions made by non-selection method.

2. Central Administration Tribunal, Madras Bench in O.A. No.900/2005 [S. KaÌugasalamoorthy v/s. Union of India & Others] has set aside the O.M. No.36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1.2005 and held that when a person is selected on the basis of his own seniority, the scope of considering and counting him against quota reserved for SCs does not arise. The High Court of judicature at Madras in the matter of UO1 v/s.S. Kalugasalamoorthy [WP No.15926/2007) has upheld the decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

3. The matter has been examined in the light of the above referred judgments and it has been decided to with draw O.M. No. 36028/17/2001-Estt. (Res.) dated 31.1.2005 referred to above. It s clarified that SC/ST candidates appointed by promotion on their own merit and seniority and not owing to reservation or relaxation of qualifications will be adjusted against unreserved points of reservation roster, irrespective of the fact whether the promotion is made by selection method or non-selection method. These orders will take effect from 2.7.1997. the date on which post based reservation was introduced.

4. These instructions may he brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(K.G. Verma)
Director

CONFEDERATION CIRCULARS

CONFDN/21/2011 23RDOCTOBER 2011

Dear Comrades

The National Secretariat of the Confederation met at Bangalore yesterday, ie 22nd October 2011. Due to indisposition, Com KKN Kutty, Secretary General could not attend the meeting. Com SK Vyas, President, presided.

The meeting reviewed i) the preparations for the signature campaign and the March to Parliament on 25th November 2011 and ii) the implementation of calls given by the Confederation on the Charter of Demands. The assessment of the meeting is given below.

1. The Signature campaign on the memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister has picked up, but there is a need to constant monitoring so that the target is completed by 15thNovember 2011. The meeting, therefore, decided to entrust the charge to the Secretariat members as given below.

1. Tamil Nadu/Pondichery – Coms. K Ragavendran, Mani Achari & M Duraipandian,

2. Karnataka – Com Seethalakshmi

3. Andhra Pradesh – Com SK Vyas

4. Mumbai – Coms. RP Singh & KV Jayaraj

5. Rest of Maharashtra - Com Ashok Salunkhe & PK Das

6. Orissa& Assam – Com N Somaiah

7. Uttar Pradesh – Coms Giriraj Singh & M. S. Raja

8. Madhya Pradesh – Com I. S. Dabas

9. Delhi – Com V Bhattacharjee

10. Bihar & WB – Com Piyush Roy

11. Chhattisgarh – Com M. S. Raja

12. Gujarat – Com M. S. Raja

13. Punjab & Haryana – Com RN Parashar

14. NE Region – Com. Piyush Roy

2. We will be able to meet the target of the mobilisation of 10000 for the March to Parliament on 25th November 2011.

3. The NE members-in-charge may ensure that the convention is completed by 15th November 2011 in all such stations where it is yet not over.

4. On programmes on Charter Demands formulated by National Council of Confederation at its Mumbai meeting it was felt that the momentum is yet to pick up, even though programmes have been carried out in majority of stations.

It was therefore decided to convene the National Council (ie Secretariat members, Chief Executives of affiliates and General Secretaries of State COCs) of Confederation to chalk out future course of action including date for one day strike, in pursuance of the decisions of the Mumbai National Council meeting.

The National Council meeting will be held on 16th December 2011 at Kochi, Kerala. Notice would be issued separately.

5. Com Krishnan, General Secretary, Kerala – where 6-5 lakh signature has already been collected under the banner of Steering Committee – will give brief note on their activity which shall be a model for other COCs to follow.

The Karnataka State Committee of Confederation had organised a well attended Convention on charter of demands in the afternoon session.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally

(M. S. Raja)

Secretary

CONF./20/2011 DATED: 20TH OCTOBER, 2011

To


All affiliates and through them to the respective

Circle/State/District/Division/Branch/Unit leaders;

The State/District Committees of Confederation;

Dear Comrades,

Movement against PFRDA Bill;

We send herewith copy of the letter from the Convenor of the Steering Committee, which ofcourse is self explanatory. The Steering Committee as you know came into existence as per the decision taken at the National Convention held at New Delhi to launch programmes of action against the proposed PRFDA Bill. In order to establish mass contact with the public at large to elicit their support for the eventual struggles ahead, the convention had decided to organise a mass signature campaign. The campaign was to be unleashed in all States after organising State Convention; March to the Governor's office etc. The draft for the signature campaign had also been circulated to be got printed by the respective affiliates/state Committees. The signature campaign was meant to elicit the support of the people for our demand that the Government scraps the bill which has been presented to the Parliament for deliberation and adoption. We hope that the petition on which signatures are to be obtained might have been got printed and circulated amongst mass of the employees. We request you to monitor the progress in this regard as we have decided to obtain atleast 10 million signatures in the petition to be submitted to the Honourable Speaker on 25th November, 2011. Needles it is to emphasise that without obtaining the support of the people the struggle against the bill might be difficult to succeed.

The programme slated for 25th November is to organise a massive procession and rally before the Parliament and submit the petition with 10 million signatures to the Honourable Speaker, Lok Sabha. The demonstration must be massive, massive and magnificient enough to receive the requisite attention of the media and the public as also to elicit the attention of the Honourable members of the Parliament. We must take efforts to bring to the kind notice of the honourable members of Parliament of the need to compel the Government to withdraw the ill advised Bill or the same is voted out. To ensure that, a powerful and strong movement has to be brought about outside the Parliament. We must bring to the notice of our members the fact that once the bill is made into law by the Parliament, it would open the gates for sever attack on the present defined benefit pension scheme. The Govt. Will be armed with the powers to tinker with the existing pension affecting adversely the entitlement of pension of the serving employees and Pensioners. Our members who are recruited after. 1.1.2004 have already been excluded from the pension benefit by the Government through an executive fiat. It is our bounden duty to fight for them and ensure that they are covered by the defined benefit pension scheme.

The signature campaign and the March to Parliament, if organised with dedication will raise the public opinion against the bill and will pave the way for it annulment. We appeal to you to do everything possible to make the programme of 25th November, 2011 a grand success and ensure that the old age security in the form of pension of Govt. Employees is not allowed to be snatched away to benefit the rich corporate houses and stock market manipulators. The Steering Committee has decided to organise a two hour demonstration at all work-spots on the date on which the Parliament takes the bill for consideration. We expect the bill to come up for deliberation in the ensuing winter session of the Parliament.

With greetings and with the fervent belief that you will intensify the mobilisation for making the signature campaign and march to Parliament programme slated for 25th November, 2011 greatly successful by the participation of the largest number of Central Govt. Employees.

Yours fraternally,

K. K. N. KUTTY

Secretary General

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Commuted Leave to a Government Servant who has opted out of CGHS facilities and is availing the medical facility provided by the employer of his / her


No.13015/1/2011-Estt. ( Leave)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.O. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi. the 19th October, 2011

Office Memorandum

Sub: Commuted Leave to a Government Servant who has opted out of CGHS facilities and is availing the medical facility provided by the employer of his / her spouse - clarification.This Department has been receiving references from various Ministries Departments seeking clarification regarding admissibility of Commuted Leave on the basis of medical certificates issued by Hospitals/Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in cases where the concerned employee has been allowed to avail such facilities from the employer of the spouse. The matter has been considered in the light of clarification given by the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare. It is clarified that leave on medical grounds may be allowed on the basis of certificates issued by Hospitals / Medical Practitioners approved by the employer of the spouse in such cases.Hindi version will follow .
sd/- (Zoya C.B.)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Friday, October 21, 2011

MNOP COMMITTEE MEETING 21.10.2011

NO PROGRESS

The fourth sitting of the MNOP Committee meeting held today at 3 PM under the chairpersonship of Mrs. Manjula Prashar, Member (Operations), Postal Services Board. Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE and Sri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO attended.

The Staff side categorically made it clear that they are totally against implementation of first class mails hubs (L1, L2) as it will adversely affect the efficiency of the mails sector and will lead to large scale closure/merger of offices in addition to dislocation of staff. The official side argued that the MNOP is for the best interest of the department and employees.

AS NO CONSENSUS COULD BE ARRIVED THE MEETING ENDED IN DISAGREEMENT.

D. Theagarajan

Secretary General, FNPO

M. Krishnan

Secretary General, NFPE

Memories of West Bengal Circle Conference




Detailed Project Report For Postal Bank to be Finalized in Next Six Months

Shri Kapil Sibal Addresses Economic Editors’ Conference 2011
ICTE Enabled Inclusive Growth to Script India’s Future
Mobile Phone to be Repositioned as A Tool of Empowerment
Research and Innovation to be Encouraged for A Range of Products and Services
India to Transform into Global Hub for Electronics Manufacturing
Detailed Project Report For Postal Bank to be Finalized in Next Six Months

Shri Kapil Sibal, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology informed the Economic Editor’s Conference here today that mobile phones would be repositioned as an instrument of empowerment. This would combine communication with proof of identity, fully secure financial and other transaction capability and multi-lingual services. The Minister also said that demands for ICTE products and services would be leveraged to foster innovation and encourage R&D through academic institutions and industry. He also emphasized that it is envisioned to transform India into a global hub for electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM).

Following is the text of opening remarks of the Minister:

“Information Technology (IT) and Telecom best epitomises what 21st century India is capable of achieving. In these sectors our history is spectacular and the future holds path breaking possibilities. Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE) has the potential to script India’s future across the economy, society and government.

“ICTE has been contributing to the economic growth of the country by increasing efficiency, competitiveness and technological edge across sectors. ICTE is also the enabling force for inclusive growth and development by increasing economic opportunities across nations, regions and groups.

“The developments in the ICTE sector and allied sectors pose both challenges and opportunities.

“Mobile phone has become more than a communication device. Today more than 850 million mobile subscribers are capable of using their phone for online banking, utility bill payments, pension payments, ticket booking etc. The possibilities here are enormous. It can be developed as a powerful tool of empowerment in near future.

“Services are becoming increasingly linked through mobile, internet and other digital modes of delivery. With Aadhar and NeGP applications, mobile will be used for e-authentication and availing a large number of government services without visiting government offices. This will not only improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery but will also help to reduce corruption in public life.

“In the IT industry, the advent of cloud technology has thrown up another wider range of possibilities for India. The Indian IT industry can come up with new products and services with cloud technologies, incorporating their own IPs and patents. The stage is set for a quantum jump now.

“Key social ministries like education, health and rural development have ambitious digitization, content creation and e-service delivery programs.

“India is ready for a leapfrog. It is the time to connect the dots and to give a proper direction to the ICTE sector. It is also time to look at some missing pieces. One missing link is Electronics Manufacturing. By 2020, the demand, supply gap in this sector will be $300 billion. Underdeveloped Electronics Manufacturing sector may upset our plans of technology led India in the 21st century.

“Only a holistic view can help is overcome enormous challenges and help emulate the successes of IT and Telecom in electronics. It is in this context that a combination of three interdependent and synergistic policies for Telecom, IT and Electronics Manufacturing have been formulated and released.

The three policies together drives the National agenda for ICTE. The principal policy objectives are

· Optimally leverage our existing and developing ICT infrastructure and capabilities to meet our growing need for high quality social sector services like health, education, rural development, skill development, welfare programs, e-gov services, economic services like banking and insurance.

· To use the ICTE capabilities to enhance competitiveness and efficiency in manufacturing across the board and in key infrastructure sectors like power

· Leveraging the mushrooming demand for ICTE products and services to foster innovation, encourage R&D through academic institutions and industry and to create a range of products and services that not only meet domestic demand but also addresses global demand.

· To reposition the mobile phone from a mere communication devise to an instrument of empowerment that combines communication with proof of identity, fully secure financial and other transaction capability, multi-lingual services etc.

“The primary objective of NTP 2011 is maximizing public good by making available affordable, reliable and secure telecommunication and broadband services across the entire country. The main thrust of the policy is on the multiplier effect and transformational impact of such services in furthering the national development agenda while enhancing the equity and inclusiveness.

“The key objectives of NTP 2011 is to achieve Full Mobile Number Portability, One Nation-Free Roaming, 100% rural tele-density by 2020, 600 million broadband connections by 2020, on demand broadband of at-least 100 MBPS, One license across services and service areas, Right to Broadband and to reposition mobile phone as an instrument of Empowerment

“ The National Policy on IT 2011 aims to strengthen and enhance India’s position as the global IT hub and to use IT as an engine for rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth in the national economy. This policy aims to make India a knowledge and service society with a secured cyber space.

“The key objectives of National Policy on Information Technology is to achieve by the year 2020, revenue from IT industry of $300 million, to create a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower, mandatory and affordable e-government services to common man, regulatory framework for secured cyber space.

“The National Policy on Electronics Manufacturing aims to transform India into a global hub for electronics system design and manufacturing(ESDM) so as to meet the country’s needs and serve the international market by promote indigenous manufacturing in the entire value chain of ESDM and promoting a vibrant and sustainable eco-system for R&D, design and engineering and innovation in Electronics

“The key objectives of National Policy on Electronics Manufacturing is to achieve by 2020, turnover of $400 billion, employment of 28 million, turnover of $ 55 billion in chip design and embedded software industry, setting up of 200 electronics manufacturing hub and 2500 PhDs per annum.

“The three policies together aims to ensure that ICTE permeates to all aspects of society, business, governance finance and other aspects of modern life. These policies are oriented towards use of ICTs in ways that consciously promote decentralization and empower the common man.

“One organization and sector which is rarely talked in public but which is equally important for empowering the common man is Postal Department. With its network of 1.55 lakh post offices and wide range of financial, mailing and insurance, post offices in India have the enormous potential to join and ride on the ICTE agenda. To enable post offices to serve the 21st century Indians, reform agenda is underway

“One, Indian Post Office Bill 2011. To reform and open the Indian Postal Market, which will ultimately result in a vibrant industry and satisfied customers. The bills aims to open the Indian postal market with 50 gm privilege to India Post for a maximum of 15 years, registration of couriers by an independent registration authority and USO of postal sector to be borne wholly by the government. Discussions with stakeholders ( couriers, industry bodies and government agencies) is underway and bill will shortly introduced in the Parliament for approval.

“Two, IT Modernization Project. It has been approved by the Cabinet and essentially involves

· Computerization and networking of 1.55 lakh post offices.

· Core banking solution for Anytime Anywhere Banking through Post Offices with ATM facility

· Delivery of banking, insurance and mailing services in rural areas through hand held device.

· Postal Network to deliver a host of retail ( banking, financial and e-com services) with technology enabled solutions

· Post Offices to become hub of social security payment through digital network

“Three, setting up of Postal Bank of India – Detailed Project Report will be finalized in next six months. This will enable India Post to extend micro credit and other loans through vast network of 1.55 lakh post offices. Coupled with other financial services like micro remittance, micro insurance and micro pensions, postal bank of India will help to achieve the goal of financial inclusion in India

“Four, Commercialization of Postal Network in India, to ensure that a large number of financial, insurance and physical goods and services are delivered to the common man though India Post.

“National Telecom Policy 2011

“Vision – To provide to the people of India, secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services, anytime, anywhere.

“Mission

· To develop a robust, secure state of the art telecommunication network providing seamless coverage with special focus on rural and remote areas and bridging digital divide.

· To create knowledge based society through proliferation of broadband services in every part of the country

· Make India a global hub for Telecom equipment manufacturing and provisioning of converged communication services.

· To promote R&D and Product Innovation in cutting edge ICTE technologies

· To promote development of new standards and generation of IPRs.

“Objectives

· Increase rural tele-density from the current level of around 35 to 60 by the year 2017 and 100 by 2010

· Provide affordable and reliable broadband on demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum download speed of 2 MBPS and making available higher speed of at-least 100 MBPS on demand.

· Provide high speed and high quality broadband access to all village panchayats through optical fiber by 2014

· To meet 80% Indian telecom sector demand through domestic manufacturing with a value addition of 65% by 2020

· Strive to create one nation –one license across services and service areas.

· Achieve One nation – Full Mobile Number Portability and to work towards One Nation – Free Roaming

· To reposition the Mobile Phone from a mere communication device to an instrument of empowerment.

· To recognize telecom and broadband connectivity as a basic necessity like education and health and work towards ‘Right to Broadband’

· Delink the licensing of networks from the delivery of services to the end users to facilitate faster roll out of services.

· To delink spectrum in respect of all future licenses.

· To frame appropriate Exit Policy for the licensees.

“National Policy on Information Technology 2011

“Vision

To strengthen and enhance India’s position as the global IT hub and to use IT as an engine for rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth in the national economy

“Mission

1. To consolidate India’s position as the global IT and ITeS hub and leverage IT to contribute significantly to GDP and employment.

2. To create and promote a sustainable ecosystem for R&D and Innovation

3. To leverage ICT to increase the competitiveness and Productivity of key strategic sectors.

4. To enhance the use of ICT in public services to enhance efficiency, transparency, accountability and reliability.

5. To ensure secure Cyber Space for sustainable growth of ICT.

6. To transform India into a Knowledge and Service society

“Objectives

1. To increase revenues of IT and ITeS industry from USD 88 billion at present to $ 300 billion by 2020

2. To increase exports from the IT industry from $ 55 billion at present to $ 200 billion by 2020

3. To create a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower in ICT

4. To ensure mandatory and affordable access to delivery of public services to the common man

5. To leverage the usage of ICT in key social sectors like education, health, rural development and financial services to ensure inclusive growth

6. To establish a regulatory and security framework for Secure Cyberspace.

“National Policy on Electronics Manufacturing 2011

“Vision

To transform India into a global hub for electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) so as to meet the country’s needs and serve theinternational market.

“Mission

a. To promote indigenous manufacturing in the entire value chain of ESDM for economic development

b. To promote a vibrant and sustainable eco-system for R&D, design and engineering and innovation in Electronics

c. To develop capacities for manufacture of strategic electronics within the country

d. To develop high quality electronics products

e. To promote environment friendly global best practises.

“Objectives

a. To achieve a turnover of USD 400 billion by 2020 involving investment of about USD 100 billion and employment to around 28 million by 2020.

b. To achieve a turnover of USD 55 billion of chip design and embedded software industry, USD 80 billion of exports in the sector.

c. Setting up of over 200 Electronics manufacturing clusters.

d. To significantly upscale high end human resource creation to 2500 PhDs annually by 2020 in the sector.

e. Other Objectives –

(i) Institutional, mechanism developing and mandating standards and certification,

(ii) Develop security profile of ESDM for strategic use,

(iii) To become a global leader in creating IPRs in ESDM.”

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