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E-post to be introduced in December

Kollur (Udupi Dt.) Nov. 13 . The Chief Postmaster-General, Karnataka Circle, K.B.H. Nayar, said on Wednesday that the Department of Posts would introduce the e-post facility in the State in December. He was speaking at the inauguration of the new post office building here. A special cover and pictorial cancellation was released on the occasion.

Dr. Nayar said scratch cards would be provided to the people so that they could use the e-post facility. The department would introduce e-billing to help the customers pay bills of organisations such as the VSNL.

The department had taken up the task of distributing "prasadam" of the Sabarimala Temple through post in cooperation with the Devaswom Board on an experimental basis. The devotees could book their "prasadam" through money orders. This facility would start from the next season. If successful, it could be extended to other temples also.

The Department of Posts was constructing buildings at Shravanabelagola, Aldur, Sringeri, Gokarna, Chitradurga, and Koppal. A new administrative office building would come up in Dharwad, and a sorting office in Bagalkot. A district-level philately exhibition would be held in Mangalore in January, he said.

Stating that the influence of courier services was limited to the cities, he said the courier companies were after profits. But after realising the efficiency of the postal services, the customers had started to return to it, Dr. Nayar said.

The Postmaster-General, South Karnataka region, Meera Dutta, said the department had permitted the printing of customised envelopes by big corporations and organisations, provided the number of such envelopes was 50,000.

Stating that the corporation or the organisation could print its advertisement on the address side of the "Meghadoot" cards, he said the printing of a minimum of one lakh cards was necessary in this case. In fact, a film company, which produced the recent Tamil film, Baba, had utilised this facility, Ms. Dutta said.

The MP, Vinaykumar Sorake, who inaugurated the building, said the department had played an effective role in Kollur because the Sri Mookambika Temple here received nearly 350 money orders a day.

The Baindoor MLA, Gopal Poojary, who presided over the function, said drinking water supply and underground drainage facility at Kollur would be improved. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, had sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh for the purpose.

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