Monday, July 16, 2012

Enveloped to keep siblings' love, affection intact forever

Dear Comrades,

LUCKNOW: Siblings separated by miles, may still feel the fragrance, smile and warmth of Rakhi on Rakshabandhan. Thanks to India Post, the Rakhi could now be sent to its destination in a specially designed envelope. What's even more interesting is that girls and women will not have to wait for long to send in their letters. Lucknow's General Post Office would be starting a special counter for handling Rakhi-related posts.

"Every year, we get lakhs of Rakhi parcel prior to the festival. But we find that many of these packets get spoiled because of the rains and we have to face embarrassment. Therefore, the department thought of water-proof plastic coated envelopes to provide satisfaction to its client," said Niyaz Ahmad, chief post master.

He added that the envelopes would be readily available at a nominal cost at all important head post offices in the city including Mahanagar, Gomtinagar, Chowk, and Aliganj. The department is also planning to set up kiosks at important places in the city to reach out to a larger audience. Ahmad stated that such envelopes were introduced about four years ago. But this, time they will be water proof and their look has been redesigned.

"The response to the envelopes has been good ever since. In fact, last year, we sold about 24,000 such envelopes. Considering the estimated demand, we have ordered for stock of 33,000 this time. This would be over and above our buffer stock," Ahmed told TOI. For the fast delivery of Rakhi, the Department of Posts will be opening customer care counter at GPO from July 16. The counter will collect all Rakhi parcels and keep them separately from other mails. "Even our destination bags will have word Rakhi written on them," said Ahmad.

Officials claimed that GPO's burden is already high, which increases in the festival season. "During Rakshabandhan, the Department of Post receives 25% more mails than the usual days. People take the service of speed post for the safe and fast delivery of their mails," said Ahmad.

Times of India
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