Ganga Jal at your doorstep, courtesy India Post

11 Jul 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
India post: India's communication backbone

Not just letters and parcels, the 'daakiya' will now deliver 'Ganga Jal'- holy water from the river Ganga, at your doorstep.

During the launch of the scheme, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that holy 'Ganga Jal' from Gangotri and Rishikesh will be available at all post offices. People can get it delivered to their houses if they want to.

In context: India post: India's communication backbone

In service since 150 yearsThe Department of Posts

The Department of Posts or India Post is a government operated postal service in India.

There are more than 1.5 lakh post offices in India, with 90% of them in rural areas.

Due to its wide distribution and services in remote areas of the country, the post office also has small savings banking and financial services.

Highest post office in the world

The highest post office in the world is operated by the Indian Post. The post office in Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh is at a height of 4700m above the sea level.
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