The post office at Jagjivan Nagar in Dhanbad that will be run by women from next week. Picture by Gautam Dey
The coal town and not the state capital will soon be boasting Jharkhand’s second all-women post office.
The ‘fair’ postal services will start at the Coal Mine Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO) building in Dhanbad’s Jagjivan Nagar on August 26, replacing the existing general post office that currently operates from a room and verandah.
A clerk and a fourth grade employee, both women, will be deputed as sub-postmaster and peon, while other details are being worked out.
“Preparations are on in full swing. If everything goes according to plans, chief postmaster-general of Jharkhand Postal Circle Abhay Sekhar Prasad will visit Dhanbad to inaugurate the all-women post office,” said a senior official of the postal department.
The coal hub already has an all-women bank and city bus.
“This will be the second all-women post office in Jharkhand. The first one was opened in Jamshedpur. It will remain open from 10am to 6pm like any other general post office. Everything will remain same under the new arrangement except that the two existing male staff will be replaced by women,” said senior superintendent of post, Dhanbad postal zone, Vimal Kishore.
All kinds of services that are currently available like registry and speed post, monthly income schemes, national saving certificates, e-money order and e-payment of telephone bills will be on offer at the all-women facility too.
However, it will continue to remain a non-delivery post office, which means that distribution of letters and parcels will not take place from here. Letters, such other articles and parcels submitted at the CMPFO building will be distributed through the main post office of Dhanbad.
Present sub-post master of the general post office Yunush Ansari said they had not yet received any letter regarding the conversion into an all-women post office.
“We will do as we are told. More than 200 people visit our post office every day, a majority of them being CMPFO employees and their family members, policemen, residents of Hirapur and Directorate General of Mines Safety colony among others. We have around 1,500 monthly income scheme holders,” he added.
The first all-women post office of the country was inaugurated at Sastri Nagar in New Delhi on International Women’s Day on March 8 this year. Jharkhand got the first such facility in Jamshedpur on August 7. Chief postmaster-general Prasad, who did the honours, had said on the occasion that the next stop would be state capital Ranchi.
However, Dhanbad seems to have beat the state capital.