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Postal Department seeks Nagaland Govt. approval for opening of bank accounts in rural areas

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, OCTOBER 12: Amidst the banking sector failing to reach the interior rural areas of the State, the Department of Posts (DoP) today appealed to the Nagaland Government to allow it to open accounts in the 357 branch offices spread across the State.
The appeal was made by Postmaster General NE-II Region, Som Kamei while speaking during the customer meet as part of the National Postal Week organized by DoP, Nagaland, at Cimorb Hotel.
Currently, the Department of Posts, Nagaland, has 357 branch offices with India Post Payments Banks (IPPB) and if the State Government gives the Department the mandate to open accounts of people in rural areas it would help the villagers to avail benefits of DBT on the various Government schemes, he said.
“This (IPPB) can be a platform for all the rural beneficiaries of the Central schemes such as MGNREGA, Old Age Pension, Kisan Samman, etc. requiring bank accounts linked with Aadhaar”, he said.
He asserted that the IPPBs account holders can enjoy the service with biometric facility as it is customer friendly and also safe.
Kamei also asserted that the Postal Department is taking some proactive measures to reduce the delay in delivery of postal services in remote villages.
Touching on the new services of the Department – Dak Ghar Niryat Kendra (DNK), he said it is focused on giving a platform to the small exporter with minimal paper works while there is no need for any physical documentation.
It is a game changer service of the DoP in collaboration with the Customs Department, he said, while also appealing to all entrepreneurs to be on board with the Department.
An official of the Horticulture Department while expressing that Nagas are just into first generation entrepreneurship hence DNK would be a boon for them.
Maintaining that there is lots of demand for the organic products of Nagaland, he said DNK will be useful for export of high value low volume products/crops. Nagaland being a landlocked State such facilities would help export of horticulture products, he said.
Daniel Domeh, an official of the Postal Department, making a power-point presentation said DNK or Postal Export Centres are designated post offices for facilitating and dispatch of commercial export parcels.
It is also a website where exporters can register themselves and book foreign export parcels, he said, adding that it is fully commercial and not meant for personal parcels.
Informing that there are 5 DNKs in Nagaland – Kohima Head Post Office, Dimapur Sub Post Office, Mokokchung Sub Post Office, Jalukie Sub Post Office and Phek Sub Post Office, he said the DoP is willing to open DNKs in other districts and sub-divisional headquarters on demand basis.
He also touched on the Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) service saying that the customer will have to enter into an agreement with the designated authority for a period of 3 years, which is renewable on bi-annual basis.
The programme was chaired by Sharon Losu.
(Page News Service)