Chimbel locals demand premise for post office

Fearing that the Chimbel post office may be shifted out of the village in the absence of a permanent premise, nearly 200 locals have petitioned the Chimbel panchayat to allot a premise in the panchayat building to resolve the issue.

Speaking to Herald, a villager, Lourdes Conception, said the post office currently functions from temporary premises.

“Postal authorities have warned that they will be forced to shift the office to Ribandar, if a permanent office is not made available in the village. Postal authorities have already met panchayat authorities to discuss the issue, but were reportedly given a cold shoulder,” Conception said.

“Hence, we made a representation to the Chimbel Panchayat to allot space in the panchayat building for the post office,” he added.

When contacted, Deputy Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar informed that the postal authorities should first make a written proposal to the panchayat.

“We are ready to allot premises for the post office in the panchayat, provided that the postal authorities agree to our conditions,” he added.

Elaborating on the conditions, Kunkolkar said the authorities should provide jobs to the unemployed village youth at the post office.

“Currently, the staff employed at the post office in Chimbel comprises only one family,” he alleged and added that the post office should not be turned into a family business.

Another condition set by the panchayat is that the postal authorities should pay rent for the premises.

However, Conception criticised the double standards adopted by the panchayat.

“How can the panchayat demand rent from the postal authorities, when a school and the electricity department are allowed to use the panchayat premises without paying any rent,” he asked. [H]