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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Rs 2,000 crore specifically for setting up Aadhaar centres in post offices, a move that will see private contractors phased out from the data collection process.
The decision comes in the wake of complaints regarding private vendors on counts such as petty corruption and attempted frauds and the Supreme Court taking note of reports of alleged leakage of UID data.
Aadhaar enrolment and updation facilities will be available in around 15,000 post offices by March 31 next year and this will complement the earlier decision that bank branches will have similar centres by October 31. Around 5,000 post offices will have the facility by December this year.
Though much of the data collection so far has been done by private vendors and Aadhaar procedures ensure that they cannot access the biometrics they record, the government believes the process would be best handled by agencies like post offices and public sector banks.
The centres will have machines approved by the Unique Identification Authority of India and personnel will be trained by the agency as well.
Banks already have 2,000 branches running centres. A total of 15,200 bank branches will have centres with Aadhaar facilities. The decision to sanction Rs 2,000 crore is intended to respond to issues raised by the court and activists and to ensure improved access to Aadhaar enrolment and updation. The post offices and banks will considerably extend the reach of UID, particularly in remote areas where they are often the only permanent presence in terms of government services.
Upholding the linkage of PAN with Aadhaar, the SC had said it was necessary to highlight that a large section of citizens were concerned about possible data leak, even as many supported the government's initiative.
New facility: Staff members,right, at work at the recently-launched Pack Post Centre at the Dabagardens sub-post office. | Photo Credit: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/
‘BASED ON DEMAND, THE SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO OTHER POST OFFICES IN CITY’
The Department of Posts has set up a parcel packaging service centre, the first in the city, to meet the parcel requirements of different sections of the public.
The Pack Post Centre set up at Dabagardens sub-post office a couple of weeks ago aims at ensuring cost-effective and hassle-free delivery of parcels, catering to both individual and bulk consignments.
Ever since its inception, the centre has been receiving encouraging response from customers across diverse segments.
“Safe delivery mechanism and reasonable pricing are the main features that help the centre gain an edge over other service providers.
In addition to this, strapping machines are sourced to provide quality packing solutions and leak-proof material is used to pack some of the stuff,” says M. Hari Prasad Sarma, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Visakhapatnam division.
Depending on the weight of consignment, mini, small, medium, large, extra-large and jumbo cartons will be used for packing. The list of parcel service includes speed, express and business, among others.
“Though the parcels can be booked at any post office, the packaging service is available at the sub-post office. Based on the demand, efforts will be made to extend similar service to other post offices in the city,” says M. Satyanarayana, Inspector, Posts (marketing).
The staff members at the centre also offer suggestions to those who seek help.
“The trained staff members not only handle the transactions that touch 20-25 a day but also offer cost-wise packing suggestions to customers based on their requirement,” says K. Adinarayana Murthy, postmaster at the sub-post office. What makes the Pack Post Centre even more desirable is the credit facility offered to those who opt for bulk parcel service on a regular basis.
Packaging charges vary from ₹50 to ₹290 based on the weight and size of the parcel. In future, the department is planning to start similar service centre in Vijayawada.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/