Kochi | Postal Department is entering banking business and as a prelude to it, the Ernakulam Postal Division is setting up ATMS at 23 locations covering six districts in the state enabling its customers get cash through the ATMs, said a top Postal Department Official here today.
Addressing media, Post Master General (Central Region Kerala Postal Circle) M Venkateswarlu said that core banking project is being implemented to enable Post Office Savings Bank customers anytime anywhere banking support by ATMs, mobile and web-base banking.
Stating that 21 head post offices in the central region of Kerala Postal Circle had migrated to core banking solutions, he said 40 more post offices had been identified for introduction of core banking solutions in a couple of months.
Though currently only post office savings bank customers could be able to withdraw cash from the ATMS of Postal Department, any kind of cash dealings could be made just like the other ATMs installed by banks once the core banking mechanism was completed and having tie up with other banks in the country, he said.
Traditional post offices in the country were going to get a new facelift, thanks to the initiatives by Prime Minister Narendra Modis Digital India programme to reform governance through technology as the postal department has entered into digital world providing greater facilities to its customers.
Stating that Department of posts has launched IT modernisation project to provide all the services to Indian citizens to make the department technology-enabled and self-reliant market leader, Mr Venkateswarlu said the main objective of the project was to modernise and computerise all the post offices across the country, including branch post office in rural areas and creation of an urban rural network.
Currently 505 post offices in the central region had been connected through the network, he said adding under rural ICT all branch post offices would be computerised and all transactions would be done electronically with the help of hand held devices.
Regarding the e-Post, he said the hybrid mail would provide electronic transmission of the messages, scanned images and pictures and their delivery in hard copies at the destination through postman or delivery staff, adding currently the e post booking facility was available in post offices and delivered through a net work of more than 1.54 lakh post offices across India.
The Postal Department was also entering into packaging of articles, he said adding that customers could come with their articles which they need to book at the post office directly and the postal staff would do the packaging work for them through the cartoons made by the postal department, which according to him was quite safe.