Digitalization of Rural Post Offices : LokSabha Q&A
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO:1250
Digitalization of Rural Post Offices
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government proposes to connect the rural post offices in the country with digital system and to provide major banking facilities in other one lakh twenty thousand post offices;
(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor along with the steps taken by the Government in this regard;
(c) whether the Government proposes to install more than one thousand automatic teller machines to facilitate the customers of post office saving bank in the coming three months; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(b) Yes madam, the Government under “Digital Advancement of Rural Post offices for a New India” (DARPAN) Project, is providing in a phased manner, SIM based Hand Held Devices in more than 1.29 lakhs Branch Post Offices in the rural areas of the country, for carrying out online Postal and Financial transactions. State/UT wise status of roll out of DARPAN Project as on 18.07.2018 is at Annexure.
(d) No madam, the Government does not propose to install more than one thousand automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the coming three months. As part of the IT Modernization Project 2012, the Department of Posts had planned to install only one thousand ATMs across the country out of which 995 ATMs have been installed as on 19.07.2018. At present there is no plan to further expand the ATM network of Department of Posts.