The Ministry of Communications and IT is going to launch a chain of schemes on 28th of December to mark the ‘Good Governance Day’ by planning to digitally connect rural post offices around the country as well as enable core banking facilities at 12,000 other post offices. The ministry also will set up over 1,000 ATMs within 3 months to help customers access post office bank facilities.
This ambitious project will include solar-powered, bio-metric and held devices in the post-offices to digitalize transactions made by postmen in rural India.
This initiative will be launched in three pilot phases in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Booking and delivery of Speed Post, registered mail, money orders, postal stationary and stamp sales will be done through these devices to revive the post services of the world’s largest democracy. Also, all financial transactions will be settled immediately as well as every cash-on-delivery (COD) amount collected from the villages will be instantly transferred to the e-commerce companies’ accounts.
Sources close to the ministry said that, By March 2017, 1.3 lakh hand-held devices will be made available across the rural post office branches to revolutionize the lives of people in rural India. Also, in order to avoid loopholes in the scheme, the department plans to facilitate the devices with biometric lock for social security of the beneficiaries at the time of pay-out.
The post department has garnered a revenuer of Rs. 980 cr. in 2015 through COD and it is predicted that this figure will cross the mark of Rs. 1,500 cr. by the end of the current financial year. At the same time, the department also has set up state-of-the-art parcel centres for booking, processing and delivery of e-commerce parcels.