Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What has the Govt done to put Postal Dept to good use? : MoC Answers

The postal department is a huge machinery of both manpower as well as infrastructure. What has the government done to put this machinery to good use?

Extract of Interview with Ravi Shankar Prasad

India Post is a fine 150-year-old body, which always remained in the background. I have pushed them in a big way. Improving their operations, and pushing them for bigger things. Speed Post has been adjudged as the best courier service by the CAG in eight states of India, and the report is before Parliament. Their revenue has grown by 7.1 per cent … We have also gone for a lot of modernisation of the department. In 2004, we had only four ATMs. Now there are 913 postal ATMs. We have about 1,54,000 post offices all over the country, out of which about 25,000 are regular post offices and the rest are rural post offices.

This vast network has been put to work for e-commerce delivery, and this is a very outstanding success story that I need to acknowledge. What is important is that the entire postal department is very inspired. We are supposed to play a role in the field of digital growth and financial inclusion. The postal department has opened 84,00,000 Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts. All the banks combined have opened only 4,00,000 accounts.

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