"The IT modernization project of the Department of Posts with outlay of Rs 4,909 crore will be operational by 2015 in all 1.55 locations,” he said.
     
The IT modernization project with this outlay was approved by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs in November 2012. It has to be implemented through eight projects, which include core banking system technology, IT based management at post offices, business intelligence system to analyze and project new business opportunity.
     
The project aims at increasing efficiency, quickening transactions and enhancing transparency at all 1.55 lakh post offices in the country.
     
Under this project, all rural post offices are to be provided with 1,30,000 handheld devices which will come with smart card reader for financial transactions, solar panel for charging it, biometric reader for immediate identification and thermal printer for immediate printing of receipt.

The device will enable post offices to deliver services at the door step of the customer. The postal department has almost computerized about 25,000 of its departmental post offices but rural post offices will be provided handheld devices for digitalizing records.

(Agencies)

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