The Union government is planning to open 81 sub-post offices and 100 branch post offices during the 2017-18 fiscal year under the " Rural Business & Access to Postal Network " scheme.
The same was notified to the Parliament on 26 July 2017. The Communications Minister, Manoj Sinha in a written reply in the Lok Sabha said that under the scheme, the Department of Posts plans to open 66 new branch post offices during the current fiscal year by creation of new post offices in 32 worst affected Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit districts in the country.
Sinha also stated that among the existing 25350 post offices in the country, at least 25,348 are computerised. He added that the department takes action from time to time to induct technology and upgrade the system to cater to the growing market requirements and to increase its revenue earnings.
Further, Sinha said that the increase or revision of rates of postal products and services is an ongoing exercise, which is carried out from time to time and that there is no proposal to increase the rates of premium business development products at present.
Who: The Union Government
When: In fiscal year 2017-18
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