The direct cash transfer scheme will be launched through post offices in Chittoor district from Feb. 9, according to Karuna Pillai, Chief Post-Master General of Andhra Pradesh.

The process of seeding accounts of beneficiaries with Aadhaar numbers and biometrics is being completed.

She said Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Communication Killi Kripa Rani, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other ministers and dignitaries were expected for the launch function.

She was speaking here to reporters on the sidelines of the AP Postal Regional Cultural Selection Trials 2013 here which concluded here on Sunday.

The Department of Posts was also launching its core banking service in Srikakulam district and Parvathipuram divisions this month, she said.

With the linking of the postal savings bank accounts the users would be able to transact their accounts in any post office in the region now and later it would be expanded to cover all the post offices.

Admitting that there were delays in the delivery of Aadhar cards to individuals, she said that the postmen were heavily burdened. In some cases, the postmen had to deliver 8,000 articles. This would cause a delay in their delivery.

In Hyderabad, the postmen were delivering the Aadhar cards on Sundays and holidays also, she said.

The department was also recruiting staff apart from providing postmen with two-wheelers to speed up mail delivery, she added.

She said the department was setting up two automatic mail sorting machines at its office near Hyderabad airport.

One system would cater to the regular letters and the other would sort the parcels. The letter sorting machine would be able to handle 35,000 letters an hour and the other would be able to sort 25,000 parcels an hour.

She said the public should use standardised envelopes and letters with properly marked addresses and PIN code.

A wrong PIN would result in the letter being sent to a wrong destination. The department was trying to increase public awareness on the need for correct addresses and PIN codes.

sarma.rs@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 3, 2013)
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