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India Post e-network to solar enable 130,000 branches in one of the largest solar offgrid initiatives

According to reports, when India Post completes its computerisation and networking of all the 1.30 lakh branch offices across the country, it is going to provide a solar power back for the computer systems.

Each of the office will get solar panels to ensure the network works even when there is no power.

In all, India Post has 1.55 lakh post offices. All of them will networked.

“This is to ensure that system works uninterruptedly even when if there is no power supply and beneficiaries of social security schemes get payments,” Killi Kruparani, Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Communications, said.

Addressing a press conference here, she said the IT induction programme would cost Rs 4,700 crore and would be completed by March 2014. A pilot project will be launched in Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) soon.

India Post will begin work on the country’s fourth Automated Mail Processing Centre (AMPC) in Hyderabad in the next few weeks. The other two centres are located at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The Rs 60-crore centre, coming up near the international airport at Shamshabad, can sort 30,000 mails every hour. This is expected to reduce time to deliver the mails. “Using powerful scanners and IT solutions, the machines sort out the mail after reading pincodes and other details in the address area as the mail travels on the conveyor belts,” he said.

The Department delivers 1.75 crores of letters, 2.7 lakhs of parcels and 1.9 crore money orders every day.

The Government will set up the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology Centre at Srikakulam, the hometown of the Minister, with an outlay of Rs 50 crore. The centre would offer short-term and long-term courses in information technology.

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