Hanumangarh (Rajasthan): Post offices in the country will soon start issuing rail and bus tickets along with delivering letters.
This is part of Rs 1,850 crore Project Arrow, under which a Head Post Office (HPO) was inaugurated by Minister Minister of State for Information Technology and Communication Sachin Pilot in Hanumangarh.
"Under Project Arrow, we plan to provide the best and most-advanced postal network in the country," Pilot said.
"Post offices, very soon, will not only be delivering letters but also be providing additional facilities like rail and bus tickets," he added.
The minister will inaugurate HPOs in Bikaner and Nokha on Saturday and will move to Barmer, Dhorimanna, Pali, Marwar Junction and Jalore on March 6 to open more such facilities.
Under the project, postal staff has been trained to handle the new technology and infrastructure facilities in these post offices have also been upgraded.
Earlier in the day, Pilot addressed a Bishnoi community function at Jambeshwardham in Bikaner.
Started in 2008, Project Arrow aims at improving postal network, computerisation of all 1,55,500 post offices across the country by 2012 and providing additional facilities such as rail and bus ticket booking in rural areas.
The project also has a special insurance policy for rural areas known as the Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPIL).
Under the Rs 1,850 crore four-phased project, government is focusing on information, communication and technology.
Pilot projects have been started in five states including Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
The government has tied up with IT-major Accenture for IT consultancy in the programme.