New Delhi, Dec 5:
The total number of post offices in Kashmir is 698 and all are currently
functional, the Minister of Communications and electronics and Information
Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said on Thursday.
Replying to a
query in Rajya Sabha, Prasad said there was no suspension of postal services in
Kashmir post August 5.
regulate the inward mail traffic and electronic money orders, the Department of
Posts temporarily suspended booking and transmission of Speed Post, Registered
Post and Parcels from August 5 to August 18 and booking of electronic money
orders to Kashmir from August 13 to August 27 August, on account of operational
reasons, the minister said.
Posts resumed inward mail services to Kashmir from the rest of country from
August 19 and electronic money orders from August 28.
He also said that
the government took various steps for functioning of the Post Offices to
service courts and other institutions. Both wings of the High Court of Jammu
& Kashmir that is Jammu wing and Srinagar Wing and all the District Courts
in Jammu, Kashmir regions have been functioning normally before and after
He said that mail
vehicle schedules of Kashmir have been rescheduled to forward mail bags to all
the post offices during early hours of the day to avoid any damage or loss to
mail vehicles, mail bags and staff. This enabled delivery of mail in all
stressed concerned authorities have been requested to activate mobile and
landline numbers of Post offices and Postmasters to provide basic postal
arrangements have been made with Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport
Corporation, to carry mail bags from August 18 onwards from Jammu to Srinagar.
of daily operations of post offices through daily reports from all the postal
divisions was made and basic postal operations have been ensured for public.
Pay and allowances to staff of Kashmir working in the Department of Posts are
being paid regularly,” the minister said.