IT companies Wipro and HCL Infosystems are in race for supplying 1.3 lakh handheld devices to post offices under a project that is estimated to cost Rs 1,500 crore.
"Wipro and HCL Infosystems have qualified for technical bids for supplying 1,30,000 handheld devices to Department of Posts. The vendor for this project as per DoP is expected to be finalised by end of this month," a senior government official told PTI.
The DoP has floated tender for supplying of handheld devices to 1,30,000 post offices located in rural area as part of its modernisation project.
The postal department has almost computerised about 25,000 of its departmental post offices but rural post offices will be provided handheld devices for digitalising records.
"The handheld devices will be connected to Postal departments network and softwares. These devices will be used for carrying out financial transactions like booking and receiving money order, speed post and other services provided through Post offices and for which a receipt or record is must," the official said.
Any transaction made using the device will get updates in core system of Post offices.
The device will have bio-metric module to identify individual having Aadhar number, solar power panel for charging in absence of electricity and thermal printer to immediately print and handover receipt to customer.