Odisha Post Office: Letters not delivered for decade, staffer suspended

Written by Sampad Patnaik | Bhubaneswar | Updated: August 15, 2018 10:43:39 am

While the post office has promised residents they will receive the undelivered letters at the earliest, they are unable to decide the fate of some packages with names and addresses smudged off the envelopes after years of abandonment (Photo: Creative Commons/Representational purpose)

A postal employee in Odisha’s Bhadrak district was suspended on Tuesday after it was discovered that he had not delivered more than a thousand letters and packages coming into his post office for around 10 years.

Stashed in the office of Jagannath Puhan, assistant branch post master (ABPM) at Odanga branch post office in Bhadrak, were letters dating from 2008 to 2017. They included official notices, admit cards for examinations, letters of acceptance into jobs and universities among others. Local residents even discovered undelivered letters addressed to their Lok Sabha MP Arjun Charan Sethi of the BJD.

“The number of undelivered items is around 1,500, indicating that hundreds of people missed out important communication,” said a postal employee at Bhadrak. “I personally noticed a letter from the Indian Navy dated 2011 for a local boy who had applied to them.”

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