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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Now, Aadhaar-based digital payments at post offices in the country

By Express News Service  |   Published: 25th April 2017  |  


HYDERABAD: Taking a step towards Digital India, India Post is mulling over a proposal to provide
Aadhaar-based payment services at post offices in the country. “The aim is to facilitate digital
transactions,” said BV Sudhakar, secretary in the postal department (Hyderabad circle), here on
 Monday.

The enabling software for Aadhaar-based payment developed by AP Technology Services was
 tested at the General Post Office at Hyderabad successfully, said Sudhakar while showcasing
progress on initiatives taken by the postal service in last nine months.

India Post has also tied up with UIDAI to facilitate issuance of Aadhaar cards through post offices.
 The service is expected to begin in June. The department has come up with many new initiatives
 aimed at optimising and cutting down operational costs. “We now have a core system integration
software that will integrate different softwares that have been grounded. We tested the software
at the General Post Office in Hyderabad.” Earlier this month the department extended the Speed Post

to rake in an additional 10 pc profit, he added.

Under the Centre’s Rural Information and Communication Technology initiative, post offices will be
 supplied with hand-held devices that perform postal and savings bank operations. The devices


On the amendments made to the Indian Post Office Act 1898 in the 2017 finance bill, he said the
amendment would now allow the postal department to set the tariff rates for postcards, envelopes,
sample packets, registered newspapers and others. “The amendment now allows us to rationalise
the prices but we will not unfairly hike the prices,” Sudhakar said.

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