NewZNew (Chandigarh – Kulbir Singh Kalsi) : The first Postal ATM in Punjab & UT Chandigarh was inaugurated today at Chandigarh General Post Office (GPO) by Ms. Manisha Bansal Badal, Director Postal Services (HQ), Punjab & UT Chandigarh.
Addressing the media persons on the occasion, Ms. Badal said that this ATM would fulfill the long pending demand of the public for ATMs in Post Offices. She said that total 26 ATMs would be made operational in Punjab & UT Chandigarh this financial year. The second ATM would be made operational in Amritsar GPO this month. Sector 19 Post Office of Chandigarh will have second ATM in UT Chandigarh in the first phase. ATM facility will be available at other Head Post Offices or Post Offices including Ropar, Ludhiana, Model Town Ludhiana, Khanna, Jagraon, Patiala, Rajpura, Sangrur, Tarn Taran, Golden Temple, Bathinda, Faridkot, Moga, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Batala, Hoshiarpur, Dasuya, Jalandhar City, Jalandhar Cantt, Nawan Shahar, Kapurthala and Phagwara. As many as 50 ATM cards have been issued to the SB Account holders by GPO Chandigarh. This facility can be availed by all the customers of Post Offices having core banking facility. She said that more than 85000 Sukanya Samridhi accounts have been opened in Punjab Circle till date as a part of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign. Girls born on or after 3-12-2003 are eligible for opening accounts under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana upto 1-12-2015.
With the launch, customers will get all the facilities available in Core Banking like cash withdrawal, mini statement, fast cash, balance enquiry, PIN Chandigarh, Fund transfer within own Post Office Saving Accounts and transfer of funds to other accounts of Post Office Saving Bank. Maximum Rs. 10,000/- can be withdrawn at one time. Ms. Badal said that with the launch of the ATM, all modern & Core Banking facilities had been made available at the Post offices.