New Delhi, June 29: A few days after senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted about a village in Uttarakhand that did not have a post office and was struggling to get the authorities’ attention, a new post office was set up in the village for the first time. Also Read - Karan Johar Writes Open Letter to 'Friend' Madhur Bhandarkar Over Netflix Show 'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives', Says 'Our Title Was Distinct'
Bhanoli Sera village, located 120 kms away from the India-China border in the Pithoragarh district, is one of the remote villages in the state. The nearest towns are Pithoragarh, 65 kms and Almora 80 kms. The villagers in Bhanoli Sera has struggled to get a post office in their village. Several of the working youth have missed out on job opportunities due to the absence of a post office. Also Read - 'Heartbreaking': Gay Boy Writes a Letter to Santa & Asks If God Loves Him, Leaves People in Tears
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“Many people here have lost jobs because the interview letters reached too late. Often, the postman delivers the mail days after the interview date is past. In a remote place like this, where there are no jobs, who can afford to lose such a letter, that too for a government placement?” Mohan Chandra, a local villager told The People’s Archive of Rural India.
Sardesai tweeted this article on June 20 saying, “A lovely story… a village in Uttarakhand battles for a post office.” The same day, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replied to his tweet promising swift action. Four days later, the village got its first post office.
Glad to have used social media for a good cause, Sardesai then thanked the Union Minister for his efforts and the swift action taken by the authorities. He also acknowledged the publisher of the article for voicing the plight of the villagers in the first place.
Image Source: The People’s Archive of Rural India