Pay your bills to the Postman: PMG


The general public could pay their utility bills to the postman from September 1, Postmaster General D.L.P. Rohana Abeyaratne said.

“The Cabinet approval have been granted to increase the amount of money a postman could hold in hand at the time of duty to Rs.20,000,” Abeyaratne said.

“Thereby, postmen have been vested with the authority of obtaining cash for payments of utility bills such as electricity and telephone bills and insurance payments from the general public,” he said.

Mr. Abeyaratne said that the Postal Department was discussing with the National Water supply and Drainage Board regarding the payment of water bills.

“This would enable postmen to engage in financial transactions of up to 20,000 per day,” he added.

He said that according to the new system a temporary bill would be issued by the postman during the transaction.

About 8000 people are working areas as postmen islandwide.

“The pilot project was carried out in the Uva Province and with in three months the department had earned Rs.1.1million as profit,” he said.

He said that no fraud had been reported from the area.

As a result the Postal Department was willing to widen this system other areas, he said.

“This special system will be in place commencing September 1,” Mr. Abeyaratne said.