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Consumers could pay their utility bills to the postman when he comes to deliver your mail from September 1, Postmaster General D.L.P. Rohana Abeyaratne said.

“Cabinet approval has been granted to increase the amount of money a postman could hold during his hours of duty to Rs.20,000,” he said and added that this would authorise postmen to accept cash for payments of utility bills such as electricity and telephone and insurance.”

Mr. Abeyaratne said the Postal Department was discussing with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board with regard to the payment of water bills.

He said a temporary bill would be issued by the postman when carrying out the transaction. Sri Lanka has about 8,000 working as postmen.

“The pilot project was carried out in the Uva Province and within three months the department had earned a profit of Rs.1.1million,” Mr. Abeyratne said.

He said with the new system functioning smoothly, the Postal Department hoped to expand it to other.

“All postal department employees will be paid an incentive bonus depending on the profit,” Mr. Abeyratne said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 29

  • Pissa Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:31 PM

    Or police

    weera Friday, 15 August 2014 01:17 AM

    [quote name="Mutu"]In other countries postman's job is delivering mail. Here the postman is going to be made cashier,bill clerk and accountant too. What advanced thinking!!![/quote]
    That's why SL is called "Miracle of Asia".!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amanath Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:00 PM

    What a novel idea, when all countries are going for cashless, paperless transactions , Its about time the PMG come up with other ways of earning profits...

    K. Chinthana Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:08 AM

    Who ever took this decision should be taken to the mental hospital...

    RRohan Thursday, 14 August 2014 04:37 PM

    Good very advance.. At the same time he can deliver CHOON PAN MILK & NEWS PAPERS too.. Ask from same think tank... Why not increase the amount up to One Million. Then every day new appointment also can give by Postal Dept. via DM Android App

    Tom Thursday, 14 August 2014 04:27 PM

    They will not limit to 20000- Collet as much as possible & desapear..... Say Bye...Bye....2postal department. They have to recruit again & again. It will b a day light Robbery. Tell them to sell lottery ticket. Then they never leve the job.. Even if won 20- They cotinusely remai ss postmam. via DM Android App

    Roshan Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:37 AM

    Very soon we will see robbers posing as postman.

    Azee Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:13 PM

    It is useless giving arms to the postman as some have suggestedwe have to prepare for the almsgiving as his life is not safe. via DM Android App

    ABR Thursday, 14 August 2014 05:44 AM

    That would take away what ever profit

    Kamal Thursday, 14 August 2014 04:52 AM

    Can we also pay with the credit card?

    lankashantha Thursday, 14 August 2014 04:14 AM

    Good for elderly people living in homes with out young people's support.

    Gayan Thursday, 14 August 2014 03:41 AM

    Postman receives collector's fee from other state department (water, electricity) so how can this be called a profit? It is tax money moved from one state department to the other.

    Cobra Thursday, 14 August 2014 03:26 AM

    And the postman's Christmas contributions list is going to be even longer!!!

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:32 AM

    End Of The Postal Service. Postman Will Be Kidnapped

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:31 AM

    What's The Commission

    public Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:25 AM

    new ways to get rich!!! can i be a postman!!!!

    Mutu Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:17 PM

    In other countries postman's job is delivering mail. Here the postman is going to be made cashier,bill clerk and accountant too. What advanced thinking!!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:47 AM


    Ash Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:48 PM

    outsource it to the Army. problem solved. via DM Android App

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:09 AM

    To perform this additional duty - provide a Motor cycle or a Scooter to the Postman.

    Marusira Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:33 PM

    Kuddas will have a field day. A novel method to reduce numbers in the Postal Dept. via DM iPad app

    citizen Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:24 PM

    not a good idea as the poor postman could be robbed. via DM Android App

    Ravi Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:58 AM

    They are trying to get all the postmen eliminated.
    Nobody would ever apply for new posts

    Anthony Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:58 AM

    Mr. Postmaster General.

    Well its good that you are trying to help the people, but is this going to work out, one thing we are encouraging trouble,specially when handling money, its better to have mobile services with responsible persons going around to do this job, its a better way for security reasons, and charge a small levy to the public.

    mail_guy Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:39 AM

    Insted of a bicycle they need to be driven a BMW.

    Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:36 AM

    Are they going to provide them with arms too in case they are waylaid? I hope the postman won't be a victim of robbers because 20,000 is a lot of money to be handled by a man on a bicycle specially when everyone knows he is having cash on him. Colombo is not the same as Uva.

    kalukolla Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:30 AM

    Here goes postman's life...die on the job?, with all the robberies taking place

    Nature Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:29 AM

    Good move as postmen don't have much work nowadays. But make sure their security as well as security of civilian's money. Also update the system asap, otherwise there'll be a huge balance payable mentioned in bills.

    Empulze Wednesday, 13 August 2014 01:58 PM

    The security of these official will have to be guaranteed by the said official.Good move. Why cant they use the same postmen to issue meter readings on water and Electricity. via DM Android App

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