Did You Know?
India has the most post offices than any other country (over 100,000).
The Department of Posts has been the backbone of India’s communication network and core of the country’s socio-economic development for the last 150 years. It has touched the lives of every citizen, be it through mail, banking, insurance, money transfer or retail services. India has the largest postal network in the world with 154,866 post offices as on March 31, 2011 of which 139,040 (89.78 per cent) are in the rural areas. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.23 sq. km and a population of 7,814 people (5992 in rural areas and 23828 in urban areas).
The core activity of the Department is processing, transmission and delivery of mail which is collected from more than 5.7 lakh letter boxes, processed by network of mail offices and conveyed by rail, road and airlines all over the country. Considering the vital need for providing benefits of technology to customers, counter operations are now being progressively computerized to provide a greater range of services to the customer from a single window leading to prompt and effort free services.