Government working to make postal service modern, people-oriented: PM
Published: 04:39 PM, 27 May 2021 Updated: 04:43 PM, 27 May 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually attended the inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed Daak Bhabon at Agargaon in the capital; Photo: PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government is working to make the postal service modern and people-oriented.
“Work is underway to take necessary steps to bring the postal service to the doorsteps of the people. Now we have to deliver our services by giving importance to the needs of the people,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the newly constructed Daak Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital on Thursday. The Prime Minister was virtually present at the event from Ganabhaban.
“We have added 118 mail vehicles for the Directorate of Posts with the aim of providing more services to the people through postal services. Moreover, we have already taken steps to buy cars with air-cooling systems to send perishable goods from one place to another. Arrangements are also being made to have cooling system chambers in the post offices,” the Prime Minister said.
She said the construction of 14 ultramodern mail processing and logistics service centers in the district and divisional cities is nearing completion.
The Premier said that they will establish such model post offices across the country in phases, adding, “We, in this way, want to reach the postal services to the grassroots. You (employees of the Postal Directorate) have to take the initiative to this end.”
She said that her government has signed bilateral agreements with different countries and the process is on to sign agreements with more countries under the framework of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) so that the expatriates can easily send their hard-earned money at lower cost and in a legal way.
The Prime Minister hoped that the Daak Bhaban would bring dynamism in the work of the Directorate of Posts.
Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar presided over the event from the Daak Bhabon. Md. Afzal Hossain, Secretary of the Posts and Telecommunications Division, and Md. Siraj Uddin, Director General of the Directorate of Posts and others attended the inauguration ceremony following the hygiene rules.
It is to be mentioned that the 14-storey Daak Bhaban at Agargaon has been constructed at a cost of Tk 91.73 crore. The newly constructed post building has a well-equipped library, modern postal museum, spacious auditorium, cafeteria, daycare center, medical facilities, fire-fighting system and other information technology facilities including 24 hours WiFi.
Since its establishment in 1971, the journey of the Directorate of Posts started with a few rooms in the then Dhaka GPO building. Amid the severe space crisis, the administrative work of the Directorate of Posts has been operating on the third floor of the Dhaka GPO building at Gulistan in Dhaka since independence.
As the Dhaka GPO is about 60 years old, the upward expansion of the building was not possible, as a result, the office work environment and mobility were being severely disrupted due to lack of space. Therefore, a modern post office building with modern facilities has been set up as the new office of the Directorate of Posts.