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Female force to deliver the mail now!

In a recent initiative by the postal department, women have been engaged in delivering posts.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 05:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

How about rewriting Gulzar’s famous lyrics as:
Daakiya daak laayei, Daakiya daak laayei
Khushi ka paigam kahin, kahin dardnaak laayei

In a recent initiative by the postal department, women have been engaged in delivering posts. In the first round, the department has appointed six women for this purpose.

These women will undergo a training for three months and then they will be associated with the various post offices around the state.

“One of the main reasons for the appointment of women was to bring about equality in the department and have more and more women in the postal services. Currently, there is a very small portion of women in UP circle. This way the department will also be able to empower a few women,” said Abha Singh, Director Postal Services (Headquarters).

She said, “We could not make any fresh appointments but there were several appointments on compassionate grounds that were pending and we used this opportunity to appoint women on the vacant posts. We have appointed wives of postmen who have passed away during service. They have an idea about the work and are expected to do the work with more seriousness. In the years to come we hope to appoint more post women.” Presently, there are a number of post women in Maharashtra.

Out of the six women that have been appointed, three will be placed in Lucknow, one in Sitapur, one in Unnao and one in Basti.

They will be given salaries equal to men and will be provided will all the other facilities as well. They get a salary of about Rs 7,000-8,000 per month. One of the areas where the women are expected to score over men is where their qualification is concerned. Most of the newly appointed post women are graduates and possess good communication skills.

The post women will be expected to dress in a blue sari with nametags neatly pinned. “The post women will be attached to the head post offices, which are centrally located. We will also ensure that they deliver the post of posh areas or city areas, which are generally safe,” added another officer.

First Published: Feb 02, 2007 05:43 IST