New Delhi – March 15, 2013
Infosys today announced that the company has been selected by India Post to implement and manage a platform that will transform its rural operations. With this new agreement, Infosys will facilitate India Post's Rural Systems Integration (RSI) program. This initiative will increase adoption of the department’s services, and enhance the reach of postal services to the country's rural population, streamlining the distribution of social benefits. As part of an earlier agreement, Infosys is also partnering with India Post to transform its financial services operations and end-user experience under the Financial Services System Integration program.
The two projects are part of the 'India Post 2012' modernization program that aims to bring transparency, agility, flexibility and scalability to its business operations. The programs will empower employees to deliver services more efficiently to rural communities using the latest technology. They will also position India Post as a key agent in the Government of India’s inclusive growth policies.
Infosys will develop a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) that will leverage Infosys solutions such as mConnect, TruSync and Finacle Inclusion. These will serve as a foundation for the RSI program. The new SDP will allow more than 130,000 rural post offices to offer online services. Additionally it will connect and manage more than 130,000 handheld devices used by rural postal workers for distribution of social benefits under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and process Electronic Money Orders.
Speaking about this deal, India Post said, "We are very happy to partner with Infosys on one of the largest transformational journeys India Post has ever undertaken. We are confident that Infosys will help make the Rural Systems Integration project a success."
According to Mr. CN Raghupathi, VP and Head of India Business, "India Post has been a key driver of the country's socio-economic development for over 150 years. This partnership will give us the opportunity to promote inclusive growth by helping to deliver services more efficiently to all citizens. We will use our proven technology leadership and innovation capabilities to build a platform that will transform India Post and enhance its reach significantly."
For more than 150 years, the Department of Posts (DoP) has been the backbone of the country's communication and has played a crucial role in the country's socio-economic development. It touches the lives of Indian citizens in many ways: delivering mails, accepting deposits under Small Savings Schemes, providing life insurance cover under Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance and providing retail services like bill collection, sale of forms, etc. The DoP also acts as an agent for Government of India in discharging other services for citizens such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme wage disbursement and old age pension payments. With 1, 55,015 Post Offices, the DoP has the most widely distributed postal network in the world.
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