Ahmedabad, Sep 23 (UNI) Minister of State for Railways Naran Rathwa has inaugurated India's first Railway Reservation Centre at a post office in tribal-dominated Ahwa Post Office of Dang district in Gujarat.
Western Railway (WR) sources said with this, the Indian Railways had added another landmark milestone in its achievements to expand the reach of reserved tickets to the doorsteps of passengers even in remote areas by selling of reserved tickets through post offices.
A Memorandum of Understating (MoU) in this regard was signed between Railways and Department of Posts in New Delhi on July 31 this year. Under this, 'India Post PRS' scheme, Ahwa is the first such reservation centre to be opened as India Post PRS Centre. As per extant policies for provision of PRS facilities, all district headquarters are to be provided with reservation centres.
With the inauguration of Computerised PRS at Ahwa, all district headquarters in Mumbai Division will have the benefit of Computerised Reservation Centres.
The building for housing PRS has been provided by the Department of Posts free of cost and rent for PRS channel, hardware and communication equipment is borne by the Railways. Department of Posts will also provide staff for operating PRS terminal.
Provision of PRS counter will benefit thousands of government employees hailing from various parts of the country. Moreover, provision of PRS facility will also benefit a population of about 2 lakh, especially adivasis, and will be instrumental in linking them with the mainstream, sources said.