In a bid to enhance efficiency and streamline communication, Bihar Police has decided to revamp its age-old practice of exchanging letters and office documents among its units. The decision, facilitated by an agreement between the Bihar postal circle and the state police department, aims to leverage the expansive network of the postal service for prompt and hassle-free delivery.
According to Chief Post Master General (CPMG) Anil Kumar, the recent agreement signifies a strategic shift in how communication flows within the Bihar Police structure. Around 2.50 lakh letters or office documents are exchanged annually between police stations and district police headquarters, incurring an estimated cost of approximately ₹6 crore. However, with the adoption of the postal department’s services, the expenses are anticipated to reduce the cost significantly to nearly ₹1 crore, with a cost of about ₹75 lakh if the same quantity of articles is exchanged.
The agreement will see the utilization of speed posts for efficient delivery from approximately 7,000 police stations to their respective district headquarters. Kumar emphasized the ongoing mapping of police stations across the state to ensure seamless sending and receiving of posts. With approximately 9,000 post offices scattered throughout Bihar, the infrastructure and reach of the postal service are set to play a pivotal role in this transition.
A senior police officer highlighted that this transformation would greatly enhance the department’s efficiency, eliminating excuses for delayed exchange of crucial information between police stations and district authorities. Delays in communicating contentious issues to senior officers at state or district headquarters due to messenger-related delays will be minimized, positively impacting decision-making and responsiveness.
To oversee the effective implementation of this new system, a nodal officer will supervise the timely collection and delivery of letters between police stations, district offices, and state police headquarters. The billing for these services will be conducted on a monthly basis.
This transition is expected to not only enhance the efficiency of the police department but also provide a significant boost to Bihar’s postal services. However, the success of this initiative will depend on whether the postmen can match the efficiency provided by private sector competitors in delivering services. promptly and reliably.
The move marks a significant step towards modernizing communication methods within Bihar’s law enforcement apparatus, aiming to reduce delays and improve overall operational efficiency.