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India Post ventures in e-commerce to support rural artisans

The portal will provide an e-market place to sellers especially to rural artisans, self-help-groups (SHGs), women entrepreneurs, state and central PSUs and autonomous bodies to sell their products to buyers across the country

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Minister of State for Communications (lndependent Charge), Manoj Sinha launched the e-commerce portal of the Department of Posts (DoP) Friday. The portal will provide an e-market place to sellers especially to rural artisans, self-help-groups (SHGs), women entrepreneurs, state and central public sector undertakings (PSUs) and autonomous bodies among others to sell their products to buyers across the country. The small and local sellers, who have been left behind in e-commerce space will now, by leveraging the vast physical and lT network of DoP, be able to maximise their reach and retailing power. The buyers can access the products of their choice displayed by sellers on the portal and place online orders by making digital payments. The products will be shipped through Speed Post.

Sinha also launched the internet banking facility for Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) customers which are under Core Banking Solution (CBS). Now, around 17 crore POSB accounts will be intra-operable and customers can also transfer funds online to RD and PPF accounts of Post Offices. This facility will help customers to do their transactions without physically visiting post offices.

The minister also also presented the Meghdoot Awards to the Gramin Dak Sewak (GDS) and employees of the department in eight categories in recognition of their outstanding contribution. Each of the award carries a cash award of Rs. 21,000, a gold medallion and a citation.

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