In a recent announcement, Union Minister for IT and Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad, shared that there are 260 all-women post offices in India, including one in Patna and another in Srinagar.
Speaking on the side-lines of the virtual inauguration held to lay the foundation stone for Bihar postal circle, the Minister said, “The Narendra Modi government believes in women’s empowerment, and apart from various women’s development schemes like Beti Padhao Beti Bachao, the government has made it a priority to establish more all-women post offices in different parts of the country.”
He also inaugurated other initiatives including a new head office in Begusarai, parcel hub in Muzaffarpur, regional post office in Bhagalpur, a new division post office in Patna, and a post office in Khusrupur.
In September 2019, the Minister inaugurated the first all-women post office in Patna, which was christened ‘Mahila Dak Ghar’. Continuing this streak, the Patna-born minister also opened several all-women post offices in cities like Trichy, Kalaburgi ,and Mumbai.
In India, the first all-women post office was established in Delhi, on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 2013 by the UPA government under then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Lauding the efforts of India Post, Ravi Shankar Prasad shared that they have been continuously working to provide monetary relief to people, especially during the nationwide lockdown induced by COVID-19.
He added that the Coronavirus has brought the postal services into focus, with over 10,000 tonnes of medicines, ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits delivered during the lockdown. The Bihar postal circle has also set a record for delivering the highest cash relief during this lockdown.
“On May 8, it delivered Rs 16 crore in cash to about 1.94 lakh households; Rs. 350 crore was delivered at the doorstep of beneficiaries in Bihar through AePS (Aadhar Enabled Payment System),” added Mr. Prasad.
He added that India Post can become the supply chain partner of the toy manufacturing sector too. Traditional crafts like Madhubani paintings can be delivered through this medium, he said.
(Edited by Athira Nair)