Postmen To Verify Subscribers’ Identity For Cellphone Companies

The Indian postal department is certainly on its way to becoming a Harvard Business School case study. After tie ups with companies like matrimonial site Bharatmatrimony to sell membership cards and budget airlines Air Deccan to sell tickets, comes a deal to use postmen as identity verification agents for mobile phone companies. [via The Hindu]The Department of Telecom has tied up with the Department of Posts to engage its 1.75 lakh postmen in more than 1 lakh post offices to check out the identity of mobile phone subscribers. In the past one year, as many as 1 crore mobile phones were disconnected for want of verification details. India already has over 18 crore subscribers, while 60-65 lakh new ones are being added to the system every month, the article claims. The DoP will get Rs.14-16 for each verification. Both private and State-owned telecom companies will have to adopt this process, according to the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shakeel Ahmed.
I hope with all the additional businesses and responsibilities for postal employees, our letters are not forgotten. As far as the verification of mobile users by postmen goes, we can only hope that it is effective and not marred by the postman’s familiarity with the cellphone subscriber.