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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Bank restrictions prove a boon to Postal Department

Tirupati: The restrictions in bank transactions post demonetisation have proved to be a boon to the Postal department with the number of accounts and revenue increasing at a faster rate now. Tirupati postal division has accrued revenue of Rs.33.57 crore during the last fiscal from savings and related accounts only. About 21406 new savings accounts were opened during the last financial year. Significantly, out of that more than 50 per cent accounts were opened during the last quarter.

Highlights:

  • Postal customers  will have the facility of withdrawing the money by a phone call and the amount will be handed over to them at their door step by the postman, says G Sreenivasa Murthy, Superintendent of Tirupati Division.  
  • All post offices will be linked to Rural Integrated Communication Technology (RICT) soon
This is a clear indication of people’s apprehensions on banks and the restrictions they have imposed after demonetisation. The rural people were relatively tilting more towards postal savings accounts when compared to urban areas given the fact that out of the 12509 accounts opened during January-March 2017 in the division, 5832 accounts opened in Chandragiri Head Office limits only. The other two head offices are Tirupati and Sri Kalahasti.
The Revenue on SB accounts alone was to the tune of Rs.28.53 crore. The government’s decision to link the NREGS accounts to the post offices also helped the department, through which the division has accrued considerable revenue of Rs.3.01 crore from and another Rs.1.79 crore from social security pensions giving ample evidence that the post office accounts were well within the reach and receiving the faith of the common people.
Not only SB accounts but significant increase was recorded in other deposit accounts also.  About 1.11 lakh recurring deposit accounts were added during 2016-17 taking the total tally to 8.02 lakh accounts. The experiences at banks immediately after demonetisation and the announcements by the RBI during that period created lot of confusion among the customers of various banks. The restrictions banks have implemented for depositing and withdrawing the currency raised the ire of the customers.
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