Postal services affected due to staff shortage in Odisha's Jhimani

This disruption has inconvenienced both the government and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public.
Hundreds of letters packed in postal bags lying undelivered at the post office.
Hundreds of letters packed in postal bags lying undelivered at the post office.

PARADIP: Severe staff shortage at the Jhimani branch post office of the Kujang sub-post office has crippled postal services for long, affecting a large number of people and institutions.

The branch situated in Bagadia panchayat, serves around 12 villages and also provides essential postal services to employees of the Paradip Refinery, CISF, local police, the Railway department, Jhimani College, and various government offices.

For the past one month, the absence of post peons has resulted in a complete halt in postal operations, causing thousands of letters, registered letters, parcels, and money orders to pile up undelivered.

This disruption has inconvenienced both the government and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public.

Currently, the Jhimani branch post office operates with just one postmaster and no postman. The position of postman has been vacant for several months, leading to the accumulation of undelivered mail. Efforts to depute postmen from other branches have failed due to transfers and leaves, leaving the postmaster to manage all operations single-handedly.

The postmaster Subash Nanda had acknowledged the situation, stating, “Postal services, including the distribution of letters, have been paralysed for the last one month due to the unavailability of post peons. Employees from different offices have to come here to collect their letters after being informed. There are times when I dispatch letters. Hundreds of letters and parcels have been lying undelivered.”

A CISF constable from Uttar Pradesh shared his frustration, “I received an important letter from my family 10 days after its arrival at the local branch post office. I collected it only after my family informed me via phone call.”

Similarly, local resident Saroj Behera expressed resentment, saying, “I received a letter from my son 15 days later.”

Inspector of the postal department in Kujang, Rajanikant Barik, said, “No formal complaints about the problem in postal services at this post office have been received. We will take steps to resolve this issue after looking into it.”

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