Department of Posts awards projects to Infosys, Sify, TCS

Letters of Intent (LoIs) have been issued by the Department of Post (DoP) to Infosys, TCS, Sify and Reliance Communications Infrastructure for different technology advancement projects.

The DoP plans to computerise all its 1.55 lakh post offices across country by 2013 with over 24,000 department post offices already computerised by month end.

“Department is trying to induct technology in a big way. There are eight RFPs (Request for Proposal) we have floated and issued Letter of Intent in five (projects) to companies which include Infosys, TCS, Sify and Reliance,” Secretary (Posts) Manjula Parasher said.

The Department has got approval of Rs 1,877.2 crore to be spend across these projects over period of two years and will seek additional funds when the need arises.

“Funds of Rs 1,877.2 crore have been approved. We will go ahead with that. We may need more money because implemented in some of the cases may last over period of six and half to nine years,” Manjula Parasher added.

DoP has issued LoI to Infosys for two projects which are Rural System and Financial Services Integration, Tata Consultancy Services for Change Management, Sify for Network Integration and Reliance Communications Infrastructure for Data Centre.

The contract agreement with these companies is expected to be signed shortly after these projects will start. Under technology advancement program, DoP will put all necessary softwares in place along with procurement of requisite IT hardwares.