Tuesday, February 18, 2014

India Post to seek labour secretary help as IT firms refuse mail delivery.

CHENNAI: India Post plans to approach the state labour secretary to convene a meeting with heads of information technology companies in the city who are refusing to allow postmen to deliver mail at their offices. 

Mervin Alexander, post master general (Tamil Nadu), told TOI that appeals to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to intervene in the matter were in vain and hundreds of letters were being returned daily as IT firms were refusing to cooperate with postal authorities.

"Several parents of IT company employees who live in rural areas without internet connection write letters to their children which are not allowed to be delivered to them," Alexander said. A Nasscom official said they were trying to sort out the problem. "We've called administration managers for a meeting of IT company heads to ensure employees do not miss mail," the official said.

Earlier, hundreds of 'rakhis', letters and articles sent by Speed Post to IT companies in Sholinganallur, Perungudi and Thoraipakkam were returned to India Post offices with the companies saying they did not have the men or machinery to distribute the items. India Post officials said more than 5,000 letters and parcels, many with credit and debit cards, Aadhaar cards and more than 1,500 rakhis, were lying in the Sholinganallur, Perungudi and Thoraipakkam post offices.

Alexander said this was a "gross violation of human rights". "How can companies stop their employees from receiving letters and rakhis?"

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