Vellore MP Abdul Rahman inaugurated a modernised sub-post office at Sathuvachari on Friday and appealed to the public to extend support and patronage to the time-tested postal services.
Describing ‘Project Arrow’, aimed at providing post offices a modern look, customer care and state-of-the-art facilities for staffers - as a ‘long term vision of the government,’ Rahman said the Indian postal services has been hailed as the best in world and would win more accolades in the days to come. He said, in contrast to other countries, where people had to pick up mails dumped in the mail box outside their homes, Indian postmen visited houses and delivered the mails in person.”
The 200-year tradition of service was strengthened with the introduction of modern technology, Rahman noted. As a member of the standing committee in Parliament on IT and postal services, he found the postal officials straightforward and polite.
Banking by year end
On the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony, chief post master general (Tamil Nadu circle), Shanthi Nair, said, as part of the information technology plan, core banking solutions (CBS) would be provided by post offices in the State by the end of the year.
She said testing of the software (developed in-house), to be used by the post offices, was in process and the Chennai circle would be piloting the CBS project in the first phase. Tamil Nadu is one of the six States where this scheme was being piloted, she added. CBS would be introduced in 23 head post offices and one sub-post office in Rasipuram in the State, along with an onsite ATM facility. Soon the department would roll out mobile applications to support the CBS activities. Hand held devices would be provided to postmen attached to 100 branch offices in the rural areas, to undertake all postal transactions that would be networked with the central server established in Mumbai, Nair said. The data recovery centre for the central server had been established at Mysore, she added.
TN had emerged as the first State in the country to have computerized all its departmental post offices by . April this year, she added.
Nair said the department was focusing on developing the logistics in a big way. She said three warehouses had already been established in Chennai at Iyyanavaram, Mylapore and Ikkaduthangal in this regard. Plans were afoot to establish warehouses in Tiruchy and Salem shortly. The department was providing this facility to the Railway Recruitment Board, for transporting bulk papers, stationary and other materials.
She said in addition medical aids (syringes and drugs, press materials of the government of India were also being transported.