If the humble postal service is serving the larger goal of sustaining democracy in the US, in India, where it works as a bank, pension fund, primary savings instrument and delivery service, it is doing the job of literally saving lives
The over 2 lakh followers of India Post on Twitter can now raise complaints in English or Hindi and have their issues resolved in no time.
Considering that the movement is restricted during the nationwide lockdown, the Department of Posts has announced that RD account holders may deposit the instalment of May till June 30 and there would not be any "revival fee", the official said.
Nodal officers have been identified from both the agencies -- Department of Post and ICMR for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations.
At present, there are over 6,300 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJK) functioning in 726 districts of the country ensuring supply of quality medicines at affordable prices, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said in a statement.
The Department of Posts has already taken a number of initiatives to ensure supplies of essential items including medicines, coronavirus testing kits, masks, sanitizers, PPEs and medical equipment including ventilators and defibrillators to all corners of the country, the statement said.
The minister also shared that the postal department has been able to achieve record financial transaction during the lockdown either by paying people at their doorstep or from nearby post offices.
According to official data there are 64.62 lakh Postal Life Insurance (PLI) policies and 2.5 crore lakh RPLI were active in March.
The special cover was released at an ongoing philatelic exhibition here on Saturday.
The facility will be available to all savings account holders of core banking solutions (CBS)- enabled post offices.
EMS or Express Mail Service is a premium service that enables its users to send documents and merchandise faster and with the added facility of being able to track the movement of the item on the internet
In 2013, the Mumbai-based company had announced receiving an over Rs 1,100- crore multi-year contract from the Department of Posts for an end-to-end IT modernisation programme.
Like all other state-run entities, India Post is also plagued by high operating costs and compensation to employees.
Reason no 1: India Post is late to the party.
"India Post is open for registration of all vendors for e-commerce business. It will pick up products from vendor and deliver to doorstep of customers," Manoj Sinha said.
India’s 164-year-old government-owned postal service, which has fallen into its traditional public sector mould, attempts to resurrect into a common man’s tech-savvy doorstep banker
IPPB will be available through 650 branches and 3,250 access points. Deposits in any account that exceed Rs 1 lakh will be automatically converted into post office savings account
All customers will be given a QR code card, different from a debit or credit card, which can be used for making payments by scanning the QR code and authenticating their biometric.
The undelivered letters along with various other packages were discovered by a group of school children, who were playing at the recently abandoned post office.
India Post had received permission from the RBI to start a payments bank in January last year, following which it set up two branches, on a pilot basis, in Raipur and Ranchi
The Indian branch of a French payments company, Lyra Networks India, is responsible for developing the network of PoS machines across the country.
Each of the 62,000 postmen and postwomen in the country will be given two sets of their new outfits, along with sweaters for winter months.
On National Post Day, Kerala postman Ferdinand Perera, who has spent 34 years in the job, longs for the good-old days.
India Post's core business continues to be "snail mail", but it seems to be showing signs of keeping up with the times.
The Aditya Birla Group today said it has received licence from the Reserve Bank of India to start payments bank.