Dhaka – A wind of positive change is blowing through the postal services as huge opportunities for news jobs are opening up in Khulna and Barisal divisions of Bangladesh from rural post ofices-turned-e-centres, UNB news agency reported.Officials at the Postal Department informed that the government has taken up a project to incorporate e-centres in 249 post offices in the two divisions to facilitate various e-services to people that will also create spaces for entrepreneurship in the sector.
Currently, 2,590 entrepreneurs have been engaged in providing the e-service through the e-centres already existing in the post offices in 22 districts under the divisions.
Tahmina Akter, an entrepreneur from Nelahpur village of Rupsha Upazila in Khulna, told UNB that how this entrepreneurship has changed her life. She used to work as a postmaster of the village post office.
It was much difficult for her to manage her family with poor salary, she said, but is earning Tk 15,000-20,000 (upto $250) per month after the conversion of the post office into an e-centre.
Like Tahmina, a number of educated youngsters have turned the wheel of fortune. All of them are not necessarily employees of the Postal Department.
Rofsan Jamil Lipu was leading a jobless life on completion of his Master’s degree from Khulna Govt BL College. He is also trying his fortune in the sector.
Talking about the facilities of these e-centres, he said, people can exchange emails, compose in computers, browse the internet, scan or take and print photographs, receive computer trainings and many more computer-based works.
Even opening up an account and continuing banking transactions through post offices is now possible only by getting a postal cash card costing Tk45 ($0.50) only.
Deputy Postmaster General of Khulna Division Md. Aminur Rahman said the conversion of the country’s 8,000 post offices into post e-centers under the project, titled ‘Post E-Centre for Rural Community’, is going on in full swing and the task is likely to be accomplished by June 30, 2017.
So far, 2,590 out of 2,839 post offices under Khulna circle have been transformed into e-centers. The conversion of the remaining 249 post offices will be done within the stipulated time, he hoped.
Aminur Rahman also said that the e-centres will ease the access of various services to the rural people.
Entrepreneurs will receive 80 percent of the income from these e-centers while 20 percent will be deposited to the revenue sector, said the Deputy Postmaster General.
A policy for the operation of e-centres also been framed. The Postal department has come into an agreement with each entrepreneurs which will be renewed every year.