The India Post, on an IT modernization drive, will embark on a major technical project to network all post offices in the state. Tamil Nadu has been chosen for the pilot project in the country, chief postmaster general Shanti Nair said. The project will be unveiled in six other states later.
She said the project would be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art software, which would help the department reach out to post offices even in villages. Postmasters in villages will be given handheld devices enabling them to perform e-transactions. The device can be used to collect payments and the recipient of a money order or a registered post can either put his signature or provide a thumb impression.
Nair said the department would soon take up core banking solutions and set up 94 India Post ATM's in post offices across Tamil Nadu and introduce debit cards for its customers. "India Post ATMs is at an advanced stage and the postal department has already joined hands with vendors on this front," she said. The post offices presently provide financial services like savings accounts, postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services.
She said an automatic mail processing unit will be set up near the Chennai airport. "The machine will be able to sort out mails based on the pincode and deliver directly to the destination post office rather than the mail going to a post office and then being directed to a sub post office'' Nair said.
Source : Times of India Website