If anybody gave the DoP (Department of Post) a run for its money, it’s the
Internet and the e-mail facility. Those who had access to computers forgot what
handwritten letters were and those who didn’t, continued to curse the system
with vigor. Realizing the need to get its act together, DoP launched the ePost
initiative. ePost links those with Net access to the vast population of non-IT
savvy citizens in India. Electronic communication can be sent using just an
ePost ID-based on the recipient’s postal address. E-mail is received at this
ePost ID through the electronic mode. It is then downloaded, printed and sent
out for delivery to the addressee–all this in just a matter of hours.
Currently launched on a pilot basis in five states–Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa,
Maharashtra and Gujarat, the ePost facility is expected to be extended to the
rest of the country.
The DoP falls under the purview of the IT and Communication Ministry. And
this is one more reason for the DoP to be pushed towards a more IT savvy
environment. ePost is the DoP’s contribution to reducing the ever-growing
digital divide and providing a faster substitute to snail mail at a minimal cost
of Rs 250. The security aspect has also been addressed by having Entrust.net’s
globally accepted 128-bit SSL web server certificate on the DoP site.