Sachin Pilot, the minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology launched Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Kendras (PSSKs) under the ‘Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Yojana’ scheme are opened at the Gram Panchayat Headquarters which are without Post Offices to provide basic postal facilities at Gram Panchayat Headquarters. This scheme is being implemented by the Gram Panchayats through agents appointed by them (Gram Panchayats) with the written consent of the concerned Superintendent/ Senior Superintendent of Post Offices. This is also subject to receipt of applications from the heads of the Gram Panchayats.
The extent to which the scheme achieves its objective of providing basic postal facilities at Gram Panchayat Headquarters is dependent upon the (i) level of interest shown on part of Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Yogana agents; (ii) the level of commitment shown by the PSSK agents over the functioning of the Panchayat Sanchar Sewa Kendra; and (iii) the selection of suitable candidates by Gram Panchayats.
The functioning of the PSSKs are being monitored regularly by the Field Officer viz. Insepctor of Post Offices/ Asstt. Superintendent of Post Offices/ Senior/ Superintendent of Post Offices during their visits to these kendras. The PSSK agents have been allowed to work as direct agent of Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) business for increasing the volume of business and income of the PSSKs.