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Every stakeholder should rally round to uplift Postal Service – Viyalendran

Everyone in the Postal Department is duty bound to create a better future for the department since its financial loss during the last year is about Rs. 5,000 million, Postal Services, Journalism and Professional Development State Minister Sathasivam Viyalendran said.

The State Minister was participating in an inspection tour of the Batticaloa Head Post Office in the Batticaloa District recently.

“It is reported that about 70 to 80 per cent of the total revenue of the Postal Department is spent on salaries and overtime,” he said. He said that the postal service should be built so as to to overcome the financial burden to the Treasury. “It should stand on its feet,” he said.

“The Postal Service, set up in 1798 with five Post Offices, provides a wide range of services to the people. But it is running at a loss now. However, the President has entrusted me with the responsibility of this institution, which lost about Rs. 5,000 million last year,” he added.

The State Minister said that he is studying the Postal Service as it is a new sector for him. “Every week ministers, including him, must submit a report to the President on their institutions,” he said..

He added that former Minister Basil Rajapaksa spoke to him via phone recently for about two hours about streamlining the Postal Service and shared idea of introducing digital technology to the service and developing its every aspect. A five year plan from 2021 to 2025 has already been submitted at the departmental level in this regard, he said.

“I have studied this and hope to discuss the matter with the Heads of Ministries and Departments. I will visit all the districts and look into the shortcomings of the post offices in each district and the problems of the employees. Thereafter, I will take necessary steps to improve the service in the future,” he added.

He urged the Sri Lankans not to divide as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Buddhists, Catholics, Hindus or Muslims.

“Think as Sri Lankans without deviding into groups and contribute to develop the country,” he urged.

 


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