ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post, endeavouring to improve its performance and financial health, has established 31 Small and Smart Express Centers in urban areas of the country.
The basic objective of this innovative initiative is to meet the growing modern requirements so as to facilitate the people using Pakistan Post different services.
Official sources while enumerating different initiatives taken to improve performance on Friday said the Department has been facing loss since financial year 2009-10 owing to some reasons.
However, new services are being introduced including online complaint lodging facility for users of postal services from a web based Complaint Management System.
The System has been established for complaints and their resolution.
Similarly, to monitor Value Payable articles, Monitoring Cells have been established in all Postal Circle and Regions.
The Cell is monitoring prompt delivery of Value Payable articles and issuance/payment of Value Payable
Money Order to the sender of VP article on daily basis.
The sources said for prompt delivery of mail articles, Pakistan Post has supplied 718 motor cycles to delivery staff and supervisory staff while for improving transmission and delivery of mail in remote areas, new District Mail Offices have been opened at Narowal, Chiniot and Bhakkar.
In order to facilitate sorting and delivery of mails, an updated version of Post Code Directory has been compiled, printed and circulated to all operational offices.
Express Mail Track and Trace System previously available at 24 locations of 14 stations have now been extended to all 83 General Post Offices and 53 District Mail Offices of the country while the facility of track and trace is being extended to domestic registered articles.
The sources said for convenience of postal staff traveling with Khyber Mail Train for transmission of mail, four postal mail vans have been renovated/refurbished.
The renovation of remaining two postal mail vans is underway with Railways authorities.
For convenience of public and to cater varied needs of customers, the maximum limit of a single ordinary money order has been enhanced from Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000.
In order to effectively compete with private couriers the measures adopted included: Pakistan Post floated tender for selection of airlines and presently Pakistan Post utilizes services of PIA, Etihad airline and Saudi airline, as these airlines participated in tendering process.
“We have approached Turkish airline, Emirates and Lufthansa to start business with them to improve network coverage and better quality of service,” the sources said.
They added that the other steps include expansion of Express Post Track and Trace System (EMTTS) which is available at 83 General Post Office (GP0s) and 50 District Mail Offices (DMOs).
Moreover, the sources said Pakistan post has established call center on modern lines for prompt disposal of postal customers complaints and to redress the grievances while Provision of SMS intimation to sender and recipient regarding delivery and booking of EP articles is also ensured.
The sources said in line with new role of Pakistan Post, a new logo of organization has been developed and introduced while Electronic Money Order Service (EMO) has been launched which is the swiftest way to transfer money from one post office to other post office.
This service was initially started in 17 GPOs but now extended to 90 locations (GPO/Post Offices) while
electronic money order – doorstep service has also been started and is available at 90 locations.
Pakistan Post opens its rest houses for general public at cheaper rates
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post has opened its rest houses, across the country located at attractive places for the general public and tourists at cheaper rates.
In an interview, spokesperson of Pakistan Post said that to promote tourism in the country and generate more revenue for the department the initiative has been taken on the directions of the Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed.
He said that earlier, these rest houses were being used by the officials of Pakistan Post only but now the general public could have access to those places for recreational activities, he added.
He said that the postal rest house has been divided into three categories in the category ‘A’ located in Karachi, Multan, Jhelum, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nathia Gali, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shadman Lahore, Lahore Cantt, Sialkot General Post Office (GPO), Sialkot Cantt, Faislabad GPO and Quetta, tourist would be charged Rs 3,000 per day.
However, for the rest houses fall in the category “B” including rest houses in Attock, Murree GPO, Gujrat, Sargodha, Layyah, Chitral, Abbottabad, Ayubia, Kohat, D I Khan, Mirpurkhas, Sorab, Amri, Taftan, Qallat, Muzzaffarbad, Mirpur, Kotli, Gilgit, Sust and Skardu would be charged Rs 2,200, he added.
Similarly, for rest houses in Pindi Point Murree, Saidu Sharif, Bannu, Ziarat and Sialkot Cantt, which fell in category ‘C’, per day rent of Rs 1,200 has been fixed.
IMF program to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth in Pakistan: IMF
ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund on Friday said that the programme with Pakistan was aimed at improving its public finances, reducing public debt and helping Pakistan get back on the path to a sustainable and more inclusive growth.
“We hope that the programme can also create fiscal space for a substantial increase
in social spending, to strengthen social protection, as well as infrastructure and other human capital development,” Director Communication Department of the IMF, Jerry Rice said in an online press briefing.
Updating the Pakistan’s recent programme with IMF, Rice said there had been major developments recently as Pakistan and the IMF had the agreement of a $6-billion three-year extended Fund facility to support Pakistan’s economic reform efforts.
“So that happened on May the 12th. Just prior to that, Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, had met with Prime Minister Khan”, he added.
PTI Govt to present its first budget on June 11
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government is all set to present its first federal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the parliament on Tuesday.
The finance ministry has been engaged in finalizing the budget and had been directed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to timely complete all the budget process before its presentation on the fixed date, sources said.
The budget would have main focus on measures for reducing fiscal deficit and enhancing revenues.
Prior to the presentation of the federal budget, the government would launch the pre-budgetary document Economic Survey of Pakistan (2018-19) on Monday, June 10 to share key economic indicators and the performance of different sectors of economy during the fiscal year 2018-19, sources said.
The survey will cover the development of all the important sectors of economy, including growth and investment, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, fiscal development, money and credit, capital markets, inflation, debt and liabilities.