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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rajya Sabha : Opening of New Post Offices and details of computerization of post office in country

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1441

TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MAY, 2015

 OPENING OF POST OFFICES

1441. SHRI DILIPBHAI PANDYA:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a) whether post offices have been opened in all the villages of the country;
 

(b) if so, the details especially to that of Gujarat and the number of post offices likely to be opened during the current financial year, State-wise;
 

(c) whether all post offices of the country, including those of Gujarat, have been equipped with e-mail, internet and computer facilities, if so, the details thereof; and 

(d) if not, by when all post offices are likely to be equipped with above mentioned facilities, the details thereof?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a) &(b) No Sir, However, Department through a physical network of 1,39,182 rural post offices, 1,795 Franchise Outlets (FOs) and 2,795 Panchayt Sanchar Sewa Kendras (PSSKs) are providing basic postal services to all the villages in the country. In addition to delivery, sale of stamps and stationery is also being offered through postmen/delivery agents, while they are on their regular visits to respective beats. Expansion of postal services by relocation and redeployment is an ongoing activity. This is taken up under Plan Scheme-“Rural Business & Access to Postal Network” subject to fulfillment of certain norms prescribed by the Department for opening of post offices, availability of Plan support and manpower. Postal Circle-wise physical targets for opening of 92 Gramin Dak Sewak Post Offices (GDSPOs) by relocation/redeployment including Gujarat for the current financial year 2015-16 is at Annexure-I. 

(c)&(d) Yes Sir, all 25,468 departmental post offices including those in Gujarat have been supplied with computers & peripherals and out of this 24,465 post offices are having e-mail & internet facilities and also have been switched over to the new Wide Area Network as a part of “India Post IT Project 2012”. The remaining 1003 (including 9 post offices in Gujarat) do not have these facilities yet due to technical reasons which are in the process of getting addressed and remaining post offices will be provided with e-mail & internet facilities after solving these issues. Postal Circle-wise details of number of Post Offices Computerized and provided inter-net facilities is at Annexure-II. 

ANNEXURE-I

 Postal Circle-wise given physical targets for opening of Gramin Dak Sewak Post Offices (GDSPOs) by redeployment & relocation during 2015-16

Sl. No.
Name of the Circle
Physical Target for 2015-16
(in number)
1
Andhra Pradesh including Telangana State
6
2
Assam
7
3
Bihar
8
4
Chhattisgarh
7
5
Delhi
0
6
Gujarat
4
7
Haryana
4
8
Himachal Pradesh
3
9
Jammu & Kashmir
2
10
Jharkhand
5
11
Karnataka
4
12
Kerala
0
13
Madhya Pradesh
4
14
Maharashtra
4
15
North East
10
16
Odisha
4
17
Punjab
3
18
Rajasthan
4
19
Tamil Nadu
4
20
Uttarakhand
2
21
Uttar Pradesh
5
22
West Bengal
2
Total
92

 
ANNEXURE-II

Postal Circle-wise Number of Post Offices Computerized and provided e-mail & internet facilities.
Sl. No.
Name of the Circle
No. of Post Offices Computerized
No. of Post Offices
Provided e-mail & internet facilities.
1
Andhra Pradesh including Telangana State
2438
2439
2
Assam
626
582
3
Bihar
1046
1043
4
Chhattisgarh
343
335
5
Delhi
425
393
6
Gujarat
1335
1328
7
Haryana
493
490
8
Himachal Pradesh
464
418
9
Jammu & Kashmir
263
251
10
Jharkhand
455
454
11
Karnataka
1715
1683
12
Kerala
1506
1506
13
Madhya Pradesh
1062
1061
14
Maharashtra
2212
2213
15
North East
329
268
16
Odisha
1195
1147
17
Punjab
758
760
18
Rajasthan
1345
1334
19
Tamil Nadu
2759
2578
20
Uttarakhand
388
341
21
Uttar Pradesh
2553
2540
22
West Bengal
1758
1301
Total
25468
24465

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