Postal services everywhere are in trouble. South Asia is no exception. What one does to remedy the situation is the important question. The Indian government seems to think that training 10 officials from the SAARC will do it. And that the solution involves greater cooperation among money-losing, inefficient administrations. Wow.
“The proposal to set up South Asian Postal Union (SAPU) is scheduled for discussion in the Cabinet on Wednesday,” a source said.
The proposal includes setting up of SAPU’s secretariat in Delhi and Ghaziabad based postal training institute which would train postal department officials of South Asian countries, he said
Last week Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at 17th SAARC Summit, welcomed the proposal to establish the SAPU.
“I commend the Postal Administrations of SAARC countries for agreeing to establish a South Asian Postal Union. India is happy to host the ad hoc Secretariat for the Union, and to sponsor training courses at our Postal Staff College to train up to ten SAARC officials per year,” PM said last week.