|“The card will be issued only to those who opt for it”|
CHENNAI: The Postal Department will soon issue ‘Proof of Address’ cards to residents of Chennai, according to Chennai City Region Postmaster General M.S. Ramanujam.
Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday after launching new services at the Mylapore Post Office, he said the project was being implemented on a trial basis in Chennai, to be followed by other centres.
It would not replace any of the existing identification cards. “Basically, we are trying to help those coming into city on transfers and those seeking jobs. Most of them find it difficult to produce a proof of address. Our card will enable them to open a bank account, buy mobile phones, apply for a telephone connection and ration card among other things. However, if other user agencies accept it, then we don’t have any problem,” he said.
The tamper-proof, laminated card is valid for three years and will carry India Post’s hologram. The postal department will charge Rs. 210 per card. The card will be issued only to those who opt for it.
Mr. Ramanujam said these cards would be issued only by the Postmaster of Head Post Office. It would be issued within 10 days from the date of application. The services of postman and beat inspector would be roped in to check the credentials of the applicant.
“It can’t be misused. If the applicant changes the location, we will cancel the card. We are also ready to provide the database to investigating agencies, if need be,” he added.