Sunday, March 6, 2016

Digitisation of All Post Offices in India - 2016 - 17

Post Office Network
India has the largest Postal Network in the world with over 1, 54,882 Post Offices (as on 31.03.2014) of which 1, 39,182 (89.86%) are in the rural areas. At the time of independence, there were 23,344 Post Offices, which were primarily in urban areas. Thus, the network has registered a seven-fold growth since Independence, with the focus of this expansion primarily in rural areas. On an average, a Post Office serves an area of 21.22 Sq. Km and a population of 8221 people.

As part of its modernisation project, the postal department would digitise all post offices across the country by March 2017, parliament was told on Friday.

"The government has approved the department of posts' IT modernisation project, with Rs.4,909 crore outlay for digitisation and networking of 155,000 post offices.

The modernisation plan also envisages computerisation and networking of all postal mail, accounts and administrative offices in the country on a single wide area network, setting up a centralised data centre and disaster recovery centre.

Infosys Ltd is the vendor for rural system integrator and Telecommunication Consultant India Ltd is lead partner of consortium with Ricoh India Ltd for supplying and maintaining the rural hardware,

The project will also provide multiple channels of user interaction, including ATMs, call centres, employee help desks and SMS gateway.

The project will also increase the rural reach of the postal department, traffic of financial remittances, savings accounts, rural postal life insurance, disbursing social security schemes and improving mail operation processes.

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