Kendrapara, Aug 6 (LocalWire): Post offices in rural areas of Kendrapara district are working through dilapidated buildings, and one such post office at Gagua village is on the verge of collapse after being damaged by the recent incessant rain.
The post office has no almirah or safe to keep the money.
It boasts of a broken table and two wooden benches. Rain water seeps even during a drizzle.
When contacted, Harishchandra Samal, the post master of the post office at Gagua said, “The postal department pays only Rs. 500 for the rent, which makes it difficult for me to rent any pucca house.
The post office has been functioning in this one roomed thatched house for more than four decades.
The post office has the accounts of around 1200 villagers. Due to shortage of a proper and safe room, I keep all the money and documents in my house.”
“A rural post office in Bijayanagar village that holds the accounts of more than 500 clients has not even been white washed for at least 20 years.
This thatched mud-walled extra department branch post office (EDBO) is on the verge of collapse due to lack of maintenance,” said Adhir Rout, a villager.
Village post offices in village Kochila, Malianch, Gamu, Sasinapada and other areas are also functioning in small thatched houses.
When contacted, Dilip Kumar Samal, Superintendent of the postal department, Cuttack (North Division) said, “Almost all 243 rural post offices in the district have no permanent houses.
In many villages, post masters run the Extra Departmental Branch Post Offices (EDPOs) in their houses.
In many villages, post masters also work on the premises of Gram Panchayat offices, Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendras and schools. Some post offices are functioning in thatched houses.
We have decided to shift all the thatched post offices to Pucca houses within this year.
In this internet and mobile phone age, post offices have not lost any importance as large numbers of people depend on post offices to deposit their money and for other purposes.
The importance of the post office is also rising after the postal department launched banking service.”