Tiruchirapalli, Apr 30 (UNI) The Central Region of the Tamil Nadu Postal Department has achieved the highest business of Rs 1,017 crore from the 'Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI)' during the year 2007-08, against a target of Rs 690 crore, Post Master General (Central Region) S P Rajalingam said today.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the region had procured 8,30,000 policies since 1995-96 and collected a total amount of Rs 3,557 crore. It had settled 10,02,044 claims in the last seven years, he added.
The region had also achieved 4,16,529 transactions from the International Money Transfer (IMT) service through its 230 IMT centres, the highest in the country during the year 2007-08, which was 1.69 lakh transactions more than the previous year.
With regard to the Speed Post performance, 15,18,518 articles were booked during the year, registeing a 25 per cent increase, compared to the previous year, he said.
Under the National Bank For Rural Development and Agriculture (NABARD)-Self-Help (SHG) Post Office linkage scheme, 1,671 SHG accounts were opened and disbursed loans to the tune of Rs 92.78 lakh.
The Central Region had also launched a pilot project, in tie up with the State Bank of India (SBI), in Ayilur and Velur villages in Perambalur district last year.
He said there were 12 Railway Mail service (RMS) units in the region, of which Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Karur and Ariyalur were already converted as Mail Business Centres (MBCs) and the remaining RMS units at Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, Vridhachalam, Pudukkottai, Chidambaram, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Thiruppapuliyur would also be converted as MBCs in a phased manner.
He said there were 24 Head Post offices, 2,839 branch post offices and 6,055 sub post offices and 11 divisions in the region.
Efforts would be made to establish Head Post offices at Ariyalur and Karaikkal in the Union Territory of Puducherry, he added.
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