The all-women post office in Dhanbad on Friday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Those who visited the post office at Jagjivan Nagar on Friday may have been surprised on being greeted by three proudly smiling women.
They better get used to it. For, the post office at the Coal Mine Provident Fund Organisation building is now Dhanbad’s first all-women post office.
Member of Postal Services Board, New Delhi, Kamleshwar Prasad inaugurated the post office on Thursday evening in the presence of chief postmaster general of Jharkhand Abhay Sekhar Prasad and senior superintendent of post, Dhanbad postal zone, Vimal Kishore.
Speaking on the occasion, Kamleshwar Prasad said: “Several independent researches conducted in the past have indicated that women are more dedicated towards work in comparison to men. Hence, we expect this post office to serve the common people in a better manner.”
The gathering broke out in laughter.
The coal capital already boasts an all-women bank and a special women-only city bus service. The post office is the latest addition to the list.
Prasad said the first all-women post office of India was established at Shasti Nagar in New Delhi on March 8 and since then, 34 such hubs had been launched across the country.
The CMPFO-based post office was the second all-women letter hub of Jharkhand. The first one was opened at Sakchi in Jamshedpur on August 7.
Abhay Shekhar Prasad said the post office at Sakchi, with the same staff strength, has been a major success.
Sub-postmaster Shanti Kumari is, currently, leading a team of two — postal assistant Khusbu Jha and clerical staff Gita Kumari — at the Dhanbad facility. More women will join them soon.
Like any other general post office, the one at Dhanbad will remain open from 10am to 6pm.
Among the postal services on offer are registered and speed post letters, monthly income schemes, national saving certificates, e-money order and e-payment of telephone bills.
However, it will continue to remain a non-delivery post office, which means that distribution of letters and parcels will not take place from there. These articles submitted at the CMPFO building will be distributed through the main post office of Dhanbad.
“I feel privileged to have been selected to work at the first all-women post office of the district. I am looking forward to the new challenge,” said postal assistant Khusbu.