New Delhi, Sept 23 (UNI) Communications and IT Minister A Raja today spelled out a slew of measures for resuscitating the ailing postal services including acquisition of aircrafts, to compete with private players.
India Post will ''very soon acquire a number of aircrafts to carry letters, parcels and logistic consignments for making overnight delivery in major towns of the country,'' Mr Raja said while launching the new logo of India Post here.
Moreover, the Minister also announced a host of new customer services to be launched very soon.
These will include Express Parcel Post Retail service, Gift Parcel Post service, Logistics Post Air service, Sale of Gold coins through Retail Post, Express Money Order service, Speed Post Call Centres and a range of new international services.
On technology front, Mr Raja said major technology initiatives have been planned to bring Automatic Mail Processing systems to process the mails faster.
Advanced technology will be used to equip the postmen with hand-held devices that will capture and transmit the signature of the addressees digitally, to establish mechanised hubs to process the parcels efficiently, to build logistics and warehousing centres for providing supply chain solutions to the businesses.
Unveiling of the logo, which is seen as a new beginning in the journey of India Post, the Minister said, ''it marks a new commitment in the ethos of the Department of Posts and sets the vision for a world class postal services.'' He informed that as a beginning of this process of change, 52 ''new look post offices'' under the ''Project Arrow'' have already been established and more will follow soon.
The Minister said, India Post will continue to maximise its network, especially in the rural areas, by making the post office a one-stop shop for communication, distribution and retail solutions.
Mr Raja said, the government is taking steps to make India Post a parcel and logistics giant, in the domestic as well as international sector.
''The Post office will expand its outreach to new and untapped markets, to the new and growing businesses, especially in the parcel, Logistics, retail and e-businesses,'' he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Communications and IT, Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia described the new logo as a synthesis between service proposition and modernity.
He said, the launch is a landmark and the new corporate identity will unfold higher level of customer services.
With more than 1,55,000 post offices covering the urban and rural populace, Indian Postal network is the largest in the world.
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