Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has given instructions to strengthen the telecom and postal network for ensuring robust connectivity during efforts to tackle the coronavirus menace.

As per the minister, the emergency requirements for establishing and maintaining helplines/ interactive voice response (IVR) systems, control rooms, hospitals, and ambulance services should be taken up on a priority basis.

Prasad also said that post offices should be leveraged upon for delivery of essentials like medicine, masks, personal protection equipment (PPE), with the coordination of state governments. Further, the minister highlighted that the concept of ‘post office on wheels’ should be promoted and established in all the circles.

He also said that Aadhar-enabled payment system, should be implemented with full force and vigour. Similarly, working of postal ATMs should be ensured to allow continuation of essential services to the common people.

As per the telecom minister, several states which are implementing direct-benefit transfer (DBT) and cash delivery at the doorstep for various welfare schemes like widow and old-age pension should implement these initiatives within the stipulated time frame.