2 years of BJP-led NDA government have been revolving around the governance using technology. Now adding one more initiative, government is planning to use e-commerce platform for providing holy Ganga water to public, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Prasad was briefing the media on achievements of the Ministry of C&IT during these two years.
Department of Posts under Ministry of C&IT is world’s largest postal network with reach to each nook and corner of the country and given its wide network, Indian government would soon come up with a detailed plan to transport Ganga water to distant parts of the nation. Deliberating upon it, Prasad said, “I used to get several requests whether the vast postal network could be used to deliver Ganga water. I have directed the Department of Posts to utilize the e-commerce platform and make arrangements for providing pure Gangajal from Haridwar and Rishikesh to the people.”
Prasad further said in his address that Postal department is working on the demand and will take pro-active steps to address these cultural needs. “If a postman can deliver mobile phones, saris, jewellery, apparels, why not Ganga water,” he said.
Department of Posts has witnessed immense growth in terms of revenue and reach during the first two years of Modi government, Prasad said on Monday. Post offices have been providing banking facilities for a long time, but a sudden jump in the facilities have come only in NDA government, he said, while adding that Postal department has become India’s largest core banking network with 22,137 branches, much higher than State Bank of India. The number of ATMs which were just four in May 2014, have grown to 942 in these 2 years, he added.
Giving details about the revenue, Prasad said, “85 lakh accounts have been opened under Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana within 2 years of NDA government while Speed post revenue has touched the mark of Rs 16oo crore during the fiscal year 2015-16.” ‘Cash on delivery’ collections for e-commerce portals has also increased to Rs 1,300 crore, he added.
Prasad also highlighted concern on connecting postmen through digital platform and said around 4,000 handheld devices have already been given while all postmen in urban centres would be given smartphones by the end of this year. It has also been planned to provide handheld devices (for banking transactions) to postmen in 1.3 lakh rural post offices by the end of current financial year, he said.