Modernised postal service soon
COLOMBO: The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry has decided to
modernise the Postal Service and provide a better and speedier service
to the public under a Japanese aid scheme.
This follows a resolution adopted by the Asia-Pacific Postal Union at
a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently, said a press release
issued by the Ministry.
The resolution said the Sri Lanka Postal Service should gain priority
for development and modernisation over all other postal services in
Asian Countries considering Sri Lanka's high literacy rate, enormity of
the mail and the country's stable rate of economic development.
Following the resolution the Japan International Co-operation Agency
(JICA) agreed to provide the feasibility study for the modernisation and
A team of officials from Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation and
Philippines Ravo International Corporation visited Sri Lanka and held
discussions with Posts and Telecommunications Minister D. M. Jayaratne
as a prelude to the preparation of the feasibility report.
Once the feasibility report is submitted the Ministry will give its
rulings about the relevant proposals and the project will be implemented
under the supervision of the World Postal union and assistance of the
Asia-Pacific Postal Union.
The release said almost 90 per cent of the Postal Department's income
is generated by 20 per cent of the Post offices which come under Grade
One category. These post offices will be given better equipment and
facilities during the modernisation programme.