Post offices to become service centres

Kathmandu, February 5

Minster for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has said the government is planning to reform the post offices of the country into a sector for multiple public services.

Answering questions after discussion on the evaluation and monitoring report of Development Committee in the House today, Minster Karki said, “Soon, the post offices will deliver even food items from one corner of the city to another.”

Minister Karki also informed that the post office will be a public information centre through which people can exercise the right to information. “We also use it as a distribution centre of the social security allowance provided by the government to senior citizens and a sector to fix and update the house number and postal addresses of all houses in the cities.

As access to ICT is increasing throughout the country, the postal service is finding it hard to justify its usefulness to the public.

Speaking at the discussion, 33 Parliament members urged the government to stop approving those development plans that were not based on scientific study and did not match the aspirations of the majority of people.

The MPs also put forth their queries about delay in completion of development projects. Ramesh Lekhak, minister of physical infrastructure and transport said the government is planning to increase development expenditure by 80 per cent before the next budget.