Make rural postal network a distribution and logistics hub: Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday appealed to officers of Indian Postal Service to re-design and strengthen the rural postal network to make it a distribution and logistics hub.

Interacting with probationers of the Indian Postal Service of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy here, Mr Naidu called on the officers to be agents of change by transforming lives of people living in rural areas. ”The rural post office can become an ICT centre and Retail Centre, thus bringing enormous benefits to the rural populace,” he added. He said they should feel proud that they were part of India’s oldest and widest service network.

The post offices with their widest network of branches could execute the challenge of financial Inclusion, especially among the weaker sections of society by providing postal savings schemes and insurance schemes.

The Vice President said post offices played a crucial role in providing communication services to people living in rural areas. They acted as a linkage between rural and urban areas. ”Postman is the first man to reach the last man and it is the finest service that helps the last man in remote areas,” he noted.

The officers were advised to be innovative in their ideas to provide world class services to the Indian population. Services like online selling of postage stamps, distribution of Ganga Jal, Post Office Passport Seva Kendra and Aadhar Enrolment and Updation Centres ensured convenience to the people.

”Always keep on identifying new areas where the post office can make the difference in quality of service,” he told them, an official release here said.