Cyber cafes at post offices from 31st -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Cyber cafes at post offices from 31st

MULTAN- The Postal Services Corporation has signed an agreement with Paknet to establish cyber cafes at major post offices in the country from March 31.

This was stated by Postal Services director-general Masudul Hasan while briefing newsmen.

He said the postal staff would be trained to operate the computers for providing e-mail facility to the general public.

He said that postal aviation facility would also be made available in April 2001 for Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and United Arab Emirate for swift delivery of mail.

Besides, the facility of quick transaction of money through Internet would also be provided as an agreement in this regard had been signed with an international company.

Mr Hasan said that post offices would also provide banking facility in rural areas with the collaboration of various banks, besides collection of utility bills, government dues etc.

Answering a question, he said saving accounts and postal insurance schemes would be highly publicized to attract clients as post offices provided better facilities, attractive interest rate and bonus to its account holders plus security of their accounts.

He said the volume of parcel had been increased from 20 to 50 kgs while commission of franchise post offices was being revised to attract new contractors.

The DG said that they had introduced utility bills payment through internet on experimental basis in Clifton and Defence of Karachi and it would be soon expanded to other areas.

Answering a question, he said he had asked the finance ministry to increase the honoraria of rural postmen to Rsl,OOO per month. Presently, they are drawing merely Rs312 per month.

He said these lowest paid employees were 52 per cent of the total strength of the postal staff.

He said that he would close rural post offices if the ministry did not accept his recommendation in a couple of days.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/16/2001