Directorate of Information and Public Relation, Imphal director Th Charanjeet Singh on Monday, stressed on the need for mass awareness of various schemes provided by Indian Postal Service, stating that people living in both the rural and urban areas are unaware of the benefits of small savings under various schemes.
The programme was organised as a part of the golden jubilee celebration of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) in collaboration with the Directorate of information and public relation, DSS and department of Post.
He was speaking as chief guest during one-day special awareness cum account opening camp on National Small Saving Schemes, Postal Life Insurance Scheme organised at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal on Monday.
Charanjeet said most of the population of Manipur, especially those living in rural areas are unaware of the financial saving schemes provided by the government. Therefore, many are not aware of the schemes provided by the Indian Postal Service, he said.
With the lack of agents and awareness to the public, the people are unable to avail the benefits. Many saving schemes are available in many financial institutions; however, the saving schemes provided at Indian Postal Service are done under central government, he added.
He further said the staff of post offices also need to increase the skills of public dealing which is one of the common issues in most of the government offices.
Charanjeet cautioned the people not to become victims of illegal money laundering. The people should rather invest their incomes at proper financial institutions including Indian Postal Service under various schemes, he said.
President of All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) Bijoy Kakchingtabam attending as president of the function said that with the lack of knowledge on financial management, many of the people are investing their earnings by taking risks. As a result, many are becoming victims of scams, he said.
Such awareness programmes need to be organised frequently, especially in rural areas and other parts so that the people may avoid becoming victims of frauds and scams.
Director, directorate of Small Savings, department of finance, government of Manipur Rajenderkar Nongthombam also attended the programme as guests of honour.
As a part of the programme, an account opening session for the participants by post office officials and Indian Post Payment bank (IPPB) staff was also conducted.