India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world. However, 5,00,327 villages are without Post Offices in the country. Opening of Post Offices is an on-going process. New Post Offices are opened as per the prescribed norms and subject to availability of Plan funds and manpower. It has been proposed to open 80 Branch Post Offices and 50 Sub-Post Offices in the country during the current financial year (2012-13). 24,969 departmental Post Offices have been computerized, out of which 21,606 Post Offices have been provided electronic money order facilities. The Department has a plan to provide these services through all Post Offices in phased manner and it is expected to be completed during the current Plan.
This information was given by Dr. (Smt.) Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for C&IT in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.