CLOSURE OF POST OFFICES 9,797 Post Offices Facing Closure?
Kasargod, Apr 23: It is gathered, that the central government has given initiation to a scheme of pruning down the number of post offices in the country. As per the new policy of the government, it believes that a post office every five kms will be sufficient to serve the people. If this policy is implemented, 9,797 post offices will face imminent closure, it is learnt.
Some post office employees’ organizations have alleged that the government is planning to privatize post offices in rural places, by entrusting their operation to private parties on commission basis. Political parties claim that the ‘Postal and Courier Service Bill-2010’ proposed to be moved in the next session of the parliament, is an effort to privatize postal services in the country.
Left parties have charged the central government of aiming at providing help to capitalists and mega courier companies through the said measures. They fear that once the above procedures are through, postal services will hit a new low, and thousands of employees of postal department will lose their jobs.