A post office is a facility authorised by a postal system for the posting, receipt, sorting, handling, transmission or delivery of mail.
Post offices offer mail-related services such as post office boxes, postage and packaging supplies. In addition, some post offices offer non-postal services such as passport applications and other government forms, car tax purchase, money orders, and banking services.
Letters are a very convenient means of written communication. Post office acts as a middle man and provides its services to carry letters from a sender to receiver. It also provides other services like accepting deposits of money, arranging remittance, sending money orders, etc. All these services are called postal services. These services are governed by government throughout the country and anyone can avail this facility as charges are very minimal. Post offices are easily accessible by general people because of its wide range of networks.
Counters At The Post Office
Counter for mailing services
Work related to sending and receiving mails is done at this counter. There are many sub-counters for purchasing postcards, stamps or other things related to letter, collecting the letters and for other purpose. There are other counters for mailing gifts and parcels.
Counter for Remittance service
Post office also provides money order services and postal order services. There is a counter which deals with all these service. To send a money order you just have to go to this counter, fill a form and deposit your money which you want to send. Your request will be processed by the person sitting at the counter.
Banking service counter
There is a different counter for banking services provided by post office. You can open a savings account at post office and deposit your money. You can also withdraw this money anytime. A person from post office staff sitting at this counter will help you to open the account and will tell you all the procedure. All the details about account and customer are saved in computer for fast access.
Insurance service counter
Having insurance for any person is very important as his family will get the insurance money in case of any casualty occur with him. Post office also deals with this service. At this counter you will get all the information regarding the insurance policies that they are providing and benefits of those policies.
Type of postal services
Using this service you can send letters and cards to your relatives living in same country or different. It is also very easy to deliver gifts and parcels of any size on different occasions using this service. Sending mail in to the receiver in same country is called inland mails and if the receiver resides in different country then the service is called international mail service. To write different kind of messages sender can use postcard, inland letter card or envelope and a thick cloth is used for wrapping an article that has to deliver. You can also avail facilities like fast sending of mail, ensuring certainty of delivery, etc by paying some extra charges.
This postal service provides the facility to send money order and postal order. It is very useful for the people to send money living far away from their family.
Post offices also provide some facilities like accepting money from public and withdrawal of their deposits. So post offices are good place to keep your savings. Different schemes are also offered encouraging people to save money.
Insurance is a type of contract between two parties where one party agrees to pay some amount of money to other party in case of any accident or event that causes loss to the party. Post office is also providing this service.
Other services like sale of stamps, bill payment, sale of forms, etc are also come under postal services.