The revenue of the postal department was Rs 10,292.18 crore and the expenditure Rs 21,431.02 crore, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The deficit widened as a result of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, he said.
In 2015-16, the deficit of DoP was Rs 6,007.18 crore, with revenue receipts totalling Rs 12,939.79 crore and expenditure amounting to Rs 18,946.97 crore.
"Department of Posts takes action, from time to time, to induct technology and upgrade the system to cater to the growing market requirements and to increase revenue earnings," Sinha said.
The department has plans to open 166 new branch post offices and 80 sub-post offices during the current financial year, 2017-18.
The DoP has 1,54,802 post offices which include 812 head post offices, 24,566 sub-post offices and 1,29,424 branch post offices. The department has computerised 25,348 post offices till date.
Source:-The Economic Times