Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha, while addressing media on the occasion of World Post Day 2018 in New Delhi today, noted that India Post is committed to provide responsive and convenient citizen-centric services to the people of the country.
Citing the role of India Post in driving Digital Banking, he said, “With the nation-wide launch of 650 branches and 3250 access points of Indian Post Payments Bank (IPPB) by the Prime Minister last month, the trusted Postman has now become a banker to millions of unbanked and underbanked Indians who have so far had no access to financial services.”
The minister informed that the Postal Department has set up 221 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) in partnership with the External Affairs Ministry and processed more than 15 lakh passport appointments till date.
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Lauding the efforts of the department he mentioned that, “The benefits of the Postal Life Insurance (PLI) products have now been extended to doctors, engineers, management consultants, CAs, architects, teachers, lawyers and bankers, as well as employees of companies listed on the NSE and BSE. More than 1600 villages in the country have been covered under the Sampoorn Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, providing financial security to more than two lakh families in these villages.”
He further added, “Of the 1.46 crore Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts opened in the country so far, 1.27 crore accounts reside with Post Offices.”
Speaking on the government’s commitment towards the staff he said, “The recent revision in the wages and allowances of more than 2.6 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), resulting in an average increase of more than 55% in the emoluments of this category, is only a small step in this direction.”