SHILLONG: Aiming to enhance accessibility and public outreach, the Postal Department is set to open 1,500 new post offices in the Northeast, with Meghalaya alone being the recipient of 449 of these establishments. The announcement was made by Subrata Das, the Chief Post Master General, on the eve of National Postal Day, on Monday.
Addressing the press in Shillong, Das conveyed the department’s commitment, saying, “We are determined to open these post offices within the next three months. While one or two offices might face slight delays due to unforeseen challenges, we are committed to adhering to the timeline we’ve set.”
Reassuring the postal department’s capability in setting up offices in the remote corners of the region, Das informed that among the current 4,134 post offices spread across the Northeast, many operate in the region’s most remote and border areas.
In the wake of National Postal Week, celebrated from October 9 to 13, the Department’s Northeast Circle has lined up a series of programmes to highlight its various services, he added.
Tuesday will witness the inauguration of Dak Community Development Programmes (DCDP) across all Postal Divisions within the North East Postal Circle. “These programmes, with the collaboration of stakeholders, aim to raise awareness on financial inclusion and promote the opening of Post Office Savings Bank/India Post Payment Bank Accounts and Postal Life Insurance/Rural Postal Life Insurance policies,” Das said.
Educational initiatives too are on the agenda as October 11 is slated for interactive sessions at schools titled DHAI AKHAR- “Digital India For New India”, coupled with quizzes and seminars focusing on philately.
Further, October 12 will see customer meets across all divisions, offering a platform for awareness sessions and workshops to hone the skills of postmasters and delivery staff, thereby amplifying delivery efficiency.
The week-long celebration culminates on October 13 with seminars organised by each circle. These will invite officers from various departments of respective state governments for panel discussions, aiming to address matters and schemes tailored to uplift the socio-economically disadvantaged sections of society.