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Siwan post office 'richest' in Bihar
Parul Pandey, TNN, Apr 25, 2011, 09.19pm IST
Tags:Anil Kumar
PATNA: The post office in Bihar's Siwan district HQ remained the richest post office for the third consecutive year, receiving the highest number of 35,600 international money orders via western union between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011.

Gopalganj was a poor second, receiving 24,800 international money orders while Motihari with 21,000 and Darbhanga with 20,000 international money orders via western union remained at the third and fourth positions respectively. Patna GPO lagged behind all of them and finished fifth.

"In 2008, Bettiah was the richest post office," said postal department director (marketing) Anil Kumar. According to him, the postal department received 2,57,674 international money orders for areas under 385 post offices in Bihar. The state postal department ranked fourth in the country in terms of international money order receipts in 2010-11. "But we are nowhere when it comes to sending money orders to other countries. This is obviously because of high rate of migration of Biharis to other countries," said Kumar.

Under western union international money order facility, the customer gets a code while transferring money. The code can be used by the receiver in India to claim the money from the nearest post office within five minutes of its transfer. The transfer being so fast, the exchange rates are usually the same at the time of transfer and receipt. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-25/patna/294707...


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