Karachi (March 26, 2011): Federal Minister for Postal Services Sardar Muhammad Umar Gorgaij has said that the Post Office will not be privatised; however, steps will be taken for the required turnaround and improvement in the department.
He made this announcement during his visit to the offices of the Postmaster General Sindh and later talking to representatives of the postal employees on Saturday.
Addressing officials of the postal services, the federal minister said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was a political party of the deprived and poor sections of society and it would not take steps which would render people unemployed.
He said that public complaints about postal services would be addressed on a priority basis, and efforts should be made to eliminate the root cause of any such complaints.
Gorgaij emphasised that no stone should be left unturned for improving the performance of the postal department and enhancing the quality of its various public services.
He also expressed his concern over the shortcomings and deficiencies in the booking and delivery of Fax Money Order and Urgent Money Order services of the postal department, as these services had been lagging behind while competing with similar services of the private companies, especially the services freshly launched by cellular phone companies.
Later, talking to representatives of the Postal Action Committee for Anti-Privatisation, the federal minister said that the PPP had come to power to provide employment opportunities to the people instead of rendering them unemployed. The government would safeguard the interests of around 47,000 employees of the postal services, he vowed.
He also assured the action committee of postal employees that efforts would be made to delete the postal department from the list of the Privatisation Commission. He also gave assurances to the representatives of the postal employees that a housing scheme would soon be launched for the benefit of the postal department’s workers.