The Government of India has decided to digitalise 1.5 lakh post offices across India, including 1.3 lakh post offices in rural areas.
A budget of Rs 4,909 crore has been allocated for this project, which would be completed by March 2017.
A special emphasis has been laid on rural post offices, called Gramin Daak Sewak post offices, so that the advantages of Digital India are spread far and wide. As per reports, BharatNet project, which aims to connect all villages with broadband Internet would be the backbone of this special digitalisation drive.
Setting up of a centralised data center, connecting all post offices with intranet, advanced disaster management and data recovery systems are some of the processes which would be implemented to make India Post one of the most technologically advanced platforms in the world.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Telecom and IT Minister, informed that Telecommunication Consultant India Limited (TCIL) shall be the provider of handheld devices, while RICOH India Limited would provide the technology.
Besides, a contract has been given to Infosys to be ‘Rural System Integrator’.
A special mobile app would also be launched, which would enable India Post’s payment banking as well.