If any postman now asks you to sign on mobile phone while delivering any article instead of noting down the details on register book, do not be surprised. In another major attempt to digitalize the services of the Postal Department making it more reliable, Union Minister of Communication (Independent charge), Manoj Sinha launched Postman Mobile Application service to track the real time delivery of parcels here in capital city on Sunday.
Covering four divisions of the State, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh and Dhanbad the postman mobile application service has been launched. Approximately, 620 postmen of all the four divisions will be trained in using the new mobile application soon for the convenience of customers. The mobile application facility is applicable for registered posts, speed posts and Cash on Delivery (COD) parcel services.
This mobile application enables the postman to capture real-time delivery tracking using their mobile phones. Postman mobile application is an android based mobile app service designed and developed by Centre of Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT), Mysore to boost up Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme.
The mobile application service has been already launched in 2016 from West Bengal, the department now aims to promote this digital activity in different parts of the country. Sinha who formally launched the mobile application service in Jharkhand Circle believes that with the changing time, Postal department too has registered a strong presence covering various domains, be it e-commerce sector or extending its services in core banking.
Promoting the idea of ‘Postman is connected to last man’ Sinha, said, “All efforts are being made for the convenience of customers looking at the present requirement in this digital age. Approximately 3.5 crore parcels are sent through speed posts daily while one crore delivery of items are done through registered posts. The new application will bring transparency and speed-up the task of department keeping the real time record.”
Focusing on the rural populace as well the Minister said that attempts are being made through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to link 1.55 lakh people residing in interior areas through various facilities of Postal department.
“Among the ten selected States, Jharkhand is one such State where the core banking service will be started soon. Around 600 India Post Payment Bank will be started by September 2017 across the country. The department is also planning to expand its services and open approximately 50 passport service centers at General Post Offices (GPOs) in State. The passport service centers have been already started in Deogarh and Jamshedpur recently,” said the Minister.
Officials present on the occasion said that after digitalization the e-commerce business through Postal department has tremendously increased over past three year’s period.
Endorsing the new mobile application service, Chief Post Master General, Shashi Shalini Kujur, added, “Beside making task easy and promoting transparency, the department is also heading towards paperless working culture. Now with just a click away, even a common public can get updates or track the delivery records.”