National Postal Worker Day: carriers of messages, masks, and money in pictures - 30 Stades

National Postal Worker Day: carriers of messages, masks, and money in pictures

National Postal Worker Day: India Post’s letter boxes, stamps & staff in pictures, old letter box, postman, covid, coronavirus, 30 stades

National Postal Worker Day is observed on July 1 in recognition of the services of postal workers across the world. India Post has the world’s largest postal network with 1,55,650 post offices across the country. It employs 4,33,417 people, including Gram Dak Sevak in rural areas. Much before couriers entered our lives, it was the neighbourhood postman or dakiya, who delivered rakhis to brothers across the country on Raksha Bandhan. He delivered money through money orders before online transfers became common and also urgent messages through the telegram service (which was shut down in July 2013).

Now, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, employees of the postal department have been serving the country by delivering not only masks and sanitisers but also the much-needed cash in rural areas. Employees of the department’s payments bank arm, India Post Payments Bank, have been taking cash under the Jan Dhan Yojana and other government schemes to the nooks and corners of the country. A look at carriers of messages and hope in pictures:

A postman delivering mail. Pic: Pinterest
Postman in a hilly, rural area. Pic: Pinterest
Rajesh Khanna immortalised the Indian postman through his movie Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977)

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A postcard brought out by Ogden’s Cigarettes in 1909 shows a postman in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Source: Pinterest
A Bhil postman in a photo dating back to 1900. Pic: Pinterest
India Post’s postman in 2020. Pic: Pinterest
A postman leaves for letter delivery while another one collects dak from a letterbox.
Indian Postman’s bike, whose bell heralded the arrival of messages long before mobiles and couriers took over lives. Pic: Pixabay

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Staff of India Post Payments Bank disbursing cash to a villager amid COVID-19. Source: Facebook/ @PostOffice.IN
Staff of India Post Payments Bank disbursing cash to a villager amid COVID-19. Source: Facebook/ @PostOffice.IN
India Post staff at Kolkata philatelic bureau selling face masks during Coronaviru Pandemic. Pic: Facebook/ @PostOffice.IN

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