Mangaluru: The renovated Railway Mail Service (RMS) office was inaugurated at the Central Railway Station here, on July 10.
The programme began with an invocation. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp with other dignitaries on the dais.
Senior Superintendent of Railway Ministry Sanna Naika welcomed the gathering. Briefing on the Railway Mail Service, Sanna Naika said, “RMS is a mail transportation service. At present, there are 421 RMS offices in India. RMS acts as a lifeline in Indian Postal Service. It handles the largest bulk of mail consignments in the nation like speed posts, registered letters, parcels etc. It was very unfortunate that the RMS office was completely neglected. The condition of the second floor was pathetic and walls were cracked, basic facilities were not upto the mark but MP Nalin Kumar Kateel took the initiative to renovate the building. The MP also assured to release funds for the renovation of the building and within a few months the RMS office was renovated and upgraded. He also thanked MP Nalin Kumar for his initiative and help”.
In his inaugural speech, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said, “Postal service always keeps the people around the world connected but the facilities in the Railway Mail Service were not upto the mark. When we were small people used to wait for the post man for letters from their dear ones. But now, everything has been digitalized. People are connecting with their dear and near ones through modern gadgets. On July 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Digital India’ project to reform governance through technology. Digital India will aim for the all round growth in electronic products, manufacturing, services and to create job opportunities.”
“Last year, when I visited this office, it was in pathetic condition. There was leakage from the roof and the toilets were not maintained well. After visiting the RMS office, I realized that a face-lift of the office was necessary. In Mangaluru, under the Digital India programme, we have launched the ATM at the Pandeshwar branch of the post office. The RMS office has been renovated and inaugurated and now it is the duty of the staff to maintain it well.”
Post Master General S Rajendra Kumar also spoke on the occasion. Jagadish Pai, DG Nayak and others were also present.
Later a press meet was held at the RMS office premises. Addressing the mediapersons, Post Master General S Rajendra Kumar shared the initiatives taken by the Department of Posts under the Prime Minister’s dream project ‘Digital India’, which was launched on 1st July 2015. In view of the digital environment of the present day, the need for change is real. Customers expect and demand quick and free service. In order to achieve this, the Department of Posts is adopting core banking, rural information and communication technology, core system integrator, etc. Under the core banking project, the aim is to bring all the post offices in India under one network. This helps the customers to make transactions at any post office in India. This will also provide 24 hour withdrawal facility to the account holders.
He further said, “Out of 1,30,000 post offices which are located in rural areas throughout the country, 3810 belong to this region. These branch post offices are being brought under the network with Sub and Head post offices by adopting state of the art technology. 400 rural post offices in the country have been identified for the implementation of Rural Information and Communication Technology, and this process is expected to be completed by Nov 2015. By adopting this technology, rural post offices will be able to deliver better services to the customers and the rural customers will be able to get the services that are available in urban areas. The Department of Posts is eager to contribute to the Prime Minister’s dream project ‘Digital India’ by playing an important role.”
When asked about the details regarding the Post office ATM, he replied, “As of now, only post office account holders can transact through India Post ATMs. Various services are available like cash withdrawal, Fast cash, Balance enquiry, Funds transfer, Pin change, etc. The minimum balance required for issue of ATM card is just Rs 500.”
Jagdish Pai and others were also present in the press meet.