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Indian Postal Services


The Department of Posts, trade as India Post, is actually a government-run postal department in India, which is also a subsidiary of the Ministry of Communications. In general known as "the Post Office" in India, it is probably the most widely dispersed postal system throughout the world. In all, there are approximately 1.4 million post offices in various Indian cities and towns. There are numerous posts located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Bhatye Beach, Jharkhand and Jaipur. This vast territory covers almost all cities and towns of India.

What is interesting about this huge mail collection is that the whole system was introduced by the then ruler, the British. On the first day, as soon as he took power in India, he decided to introduce the first ever functional postal day service in the country. He also established the first post office in India in Bhowaneshwar, now in Kolkata. Since then, the whole process has been proceeding gradually. And today, Indian Postal Service has evolved into a highly functional service providing efficient facilities at a low cost. Let us have a quick look at the evolution of the Indian postal service.

First Post Office in India was established at Bhowaneshwar, in 1790. It was the first in India to provide services for general mails and parcel collections. Then the first post office in India was opened at Bhowaneshwar, and later at Colaba, a famous sea port. At that time, the postal workers were poorly paid and the system was criticized for its inefficiency. But with the advent of Industrial Revolution in India and the availability of better-paying jobs, the USPS improved the working conditions of postal workers and introduced new improved machine manufacturing techniques.

Post office at Mumbai is one of the busiest in India. It receives around 200 mails every day and offers first class services. However, the major problem is that the demand for mail and parcel is very high, and the supply is also on the lower side. That is why there are always problems regarding the delivery of parcels and mail. However, with the introduction of VoIP technology by the Indian telephone companies (who are also considered as the vendors of postal services) and the increasing popularity of online shopping, the working hours of the postal department have been reduced, and the efficiency level has increased.

As we know, the working days in India are mostly on Sunday, so the postal department has its operations on alternate days like Saturday. Besides, the system of collection of postage is also not flawless. For example, at times, the collection of stamps might be a little late. If you want to purchase something online, you must ensure that the product is available online or it would be difficult to place the order. Thus, if you are planning to purchase something online, you need to check the availability of the product in your state.

The working conditions of these post offices are improving continuously. The introduction of VoIP and the internet has improved their efficiency, as well as the reliability. They are also doing a lot to increase their traffic. Overall, we can say that the quality of the services provided by the Indian postal service is really good.