Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the central government is considering to launch a new initiative under which Indian post will deliver Gangajal at people’s doorsteps.  The project will be carried out with the help of the e-commerce platform to bring the holy water at the doorsteps.

Union Minister said he used to get several requests that with a vast network of the post can people get Ganga water. After which finally acting on the requests, he has directed Department of Posts to use e-commerce platform and make arrangement for providing pure Gangajal from Haridwar, Rishikesh to people. They have assured that they will take the pro-active step to address cultural needs.

Prasad said parcel revenue of post offices has spiked by 80% during his regime by delivering e-commerce products. “If postman can deliver, mobile phones, sarees, jewellery, apparels then why not Ganga water,” Mr Prasad said.

IT Minister said speed post revenue of the department has increased from Rs 1,372 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 1,600 crore in 2015-16 and cash on delivery collections for e-commerce parcels has risen from Rs 100 crore to Rs 1300 crore in the same period.

“At present, core banking network of post offices is more than that of State Bank of India. SBI has 1,666 core banking branches while 22,137 post offices now have core banking facility,” Mr Prasad said.

Prasad said by the end of 2016, all postmen in urban centres will be given smartphones, and handheld devices will be provided to postmen in 1.3 lakh rural post offices by March 2017. “4,000 handheld devices have already been given. It will help in financial inclusion. It will be a moving ATM. Postmen of urban centres will get smartphones. We will provide (smartphones) by the end of this year,” he added.

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