Mumbai gets its first Mahila Dak Ghar
The first Mahila Dak Ghar – a post office entirely operated by women staff was inaugurated today by Ms. P Gopinath, Secretary, Post and Chairperson, Postal Services Board, Government of India, in Mumbai.
This Post Office is located at New Customs House on the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road in the busy office area of South Mumbai, in close proximity of the Collectorate, Old Customs House, Asiatic Library and RBI.
The office, which will be open from 10 am to 6 pm, offers both traditional and modern postal services like booking of all registered and speed post articles, e-Money Order, Western Union Money Transfer, e-payment of utility bills of MTNL, BEST And Mahanagar Gas Ltd, besides the Post Office Savings Bank transactions.
As of now, 12 female employees will run the Mahila Dak Ghar, headed by a Senior Superintendent of Posts.
Currently, the Maharashtra Postal Circle has a total staff strength of 26,468, out of which 5,008 are women. “As a mark of respect to the women of Maharashtra, we decided to launch the first Mahila Dak Ghar in this circle in Mumbai “ said Col. K C Mishra, Chief Post Master General, Maharashtra and Goa Circle.
Earlier this year, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8, Union Minister for Communication & IT, Kapil Sibal had inaugurated the first all-women post office in the country in New Delhi.
At the time, Mr Sibal had announced that more such offices would be opened in the country, especially in the metro cities. The new office in Mumbai is part of the same initiative.