Department of Posts will join Global
network of banks and financial institution
named Eurogiro in October. The basic
collaboration was to enable direct
money remittances through post offices,
said A. Raja, Union Minister for Communications
and Information Technology.
Mr. Raja disclosed to the Hindu at
a function held at the Automatic Mail
Processing Centre in Meenambakkam
to mark the flagging off of three
dedicated India Post freighter aircraft.
He announced that the preliminary
projects were completed and after
the completion of software testing,
the project would be inaugurated next
month in Chennai.
Once put in place, it would enable
people to send money to their relatives
and friends all over the world through
electronic transfer in just one hour.
Mr. Raja said that the department
was serving people through 1.5 lakh
post offices in six lakh villages
across the country.
The Minister was planning to computerise
all the post offices and compromise
IT- enabled panel of experts to finish
this project after the submission
of the project in a couple of months.
This project was even sanctioned by
the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The estimated budget of Rs 65 crore
for modernization of Automatic Mail
processing centers in New Delhi and
Kolkata would be completed in one
year, he added.
The government has invested nearly
Rs 115 crore in its India Post Freighter
Project. The project was launched
about three years ago which will guarantee
faster delivery of mail to different
country from the northeastern states,
Mr. Raja recalled.
Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State
for Communications and Information
Technology, said freighter aircraft
were introduced to cover the northeastern
States to ensure swift delivery of
mail, including speed post, logistic
post, perishable goods like flowers
and fruits, between Kolkata and Agartala.
He recalled that night air mail service
was introduced in 1949 by Communications
Minister Rafi Ahmed Kidwai.
Buoyed by its success, the Ministry
had now chartered two more aircraft
from Air India to extend the link
between New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai,
Kolkata and Bangalore, with Nagpur
as the hub.
Radhika Doraiswamy, Secretary, Department
of Posts, said each of the Boeing
737-200 aircraft could transport about
14 tonnes of mail.
The major Information-technology
consultant, Accenture would earmark
Rs 2000 crore for modernization and
computerization of post offices, she