A Rs 4,909 crore project for computerization and networking of 1.55 lakh post offices across the country is being implemented by the government, Lok Sabha was informed today. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the project involves providing a central server-enabled integrated, modular and scalable solution for all operations of the Department of Posts. These include provision of Core Banking and Insurance Solutions in all departmental post offices and provision of 1,000 ATMs. Also Read - India may soon announce its own ‘Atmanirbhar’ app store as alternative to Google, AppleAlso Read - FASTag is now free until February 29, NHAI waves off charges for 15 days
“As on February 22, 2016, 17,057 post offices are utilizing Core Banking Solution. Core Insurance Solution is rolled out in 805 head post offices and the corresponding sub offices. 510 ATMs have been installed,” he said during Question Hour.
Prasad said multiple safeguards have been built into the system to ensure stable Internet connectivity for the post offices. Most of the post offices have been provided with two Network Service Providers.
Commenting on the call drop situation in India, Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha that a total of 65,000 mobile sites were deployed by telecom operators in the past 6 months to curb call drops.