Post offices adopt modernization drive
The Indian Department of Posts decided to improve the 'Look and Feel' of its post offices through Project Arrow.
In written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Killi Kruparani Friday said that the project has been launched by modernizing departmental post offices across the country in a phased manner with an aim to make visible, tangible and noteworthy differences in post office operations that matter to 'Aam Aadmi'.
It aims at the comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the post office as well as the ambience in which postal transactions are undertaken, he said.
The Minister said the number of post offices covered for modernization under 'Look and Feel' component of 'Project Arrow' during the last three years are: 2009-10 - 500 post offices covered, 2010-11 - 530 post offices covered and during 2011-12 - 206 post offices were covered.
"The Department is diversifying activities in the post office to earn additional revenue which is an on-going process," Kruparani said.
The IT Platform set up under the IT project will support new products and services.
It had diversified its activities to utilize its vast network to sell products and services for other organizations like booking of Railway reserved tickets, UID enrolment/Delivery of Aadhar cards, selling of passport forms in identified post offices, accepting of utility bills in identified post offices, disbursement of wages to MGNREGA beneficiaries through Post Office Savings bank, collection of Rural Price Index Data - the data so collected are electronically transmitted to Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, payment of old age pension paid by State Government through Post Office Savings Account and through Money Orders, sale of gold coins and provision of New Pension Scheme through Post Officers, etc.