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: