GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 10th May. India Post signed an MoU with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Tripta Technologies in the presence of Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan here on Tuesday.
The MoU facilitates operationalisation of a portal called ‘Bharat EMart’, which will provide the facility of pick-up of consignments from the premises of traders and will ensure delivery at the doorsteps of the consignees across the country.
It is believed that it will benefit eight crore traders associated with CAIT.
India Post in the recent past has entered into similar agreements with Government e-Marketplace (GeM), Regional Centers of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), to provide pick-up and delivery of parcels at the doorsteps of the consignees.
Soon, India Post will onboard itself on the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) platform, being developed by the Ministry of Commerce as a logistics service provider.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Communications mentioned that the Department of Posts has transformed itself with the passage of time and demands of the public. Technology induction and addition of new services have made India Post a modern and multiple service provider.
Today, it provides banking, insurance, and the last mile delivery of benefits of several welfare schemes run by the Government to every village through its network of 1.59 lakh Post Offices.
Devusinh Chauhan said, “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working tirelessly for women’s empowerment. The Department of Posts has been playing a very important role in realising this dream. Sukanya Samridhi Scheme is among the best performing programmes of the Government which provides financial security to girl children.”
Mahila Samman Bachat Patra, which provides an unparalleled 7.5 percent interest rate on deposits by women, has been proving to be a very popular scheme.
The Minister of State for Communications recalled the yeoman service provided by the Department of Posts during Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the Department converted calamity into opportunity by introducing digital payments and online service through technology induction. They, in true spirit, worked on the motto of “Aapda se Avsar” which has been inspired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
“Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given a clear mandate to the Department of Posts to formulate such inclusive and citizen centric policies which would transform the life of every citizen in every village. Every policy and action, including today’s event, of the Department is guided by above principle, Shri Devusinh Chauhan added.
The Minister expressed hope that the MoU with CAIT and Bharat e-Mart would provide much needed logistics support to small traders in the country which would increase their businesses and also the opportunities for employment.
Vineet Pandey, Secretary (Posts); Alok Sharma, DG Postal Services; Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General, CAIT and B C Bhartia, MD, Tripta Technologies and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.