India post readies to deliver testing kits as ICMR aims 1 lakh Covid-19 tests a day

With its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices, India Post will make the delivery through its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for Covid-19 testing in the country.

India post readies to deliver testing kits as ICMR aims 1 lakh Covid-19 tests a day


India Post has entered into a tie-up with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for the delivery of Covid-19 testing kits all across the country.

With its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices, India Post will make the delivery through its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for Covid-19 testing in the country.

The tie-up assumes crucial significance in view of ICMR setting an ambitious target to carry out around 1 lakh tests across the country per day. The ministry of communication has issued a press note to this effect on Friday.

"India Post is making special arrangements with ICMR to deliver the kits delivered from 16 depots (located in 14 postal circles/states) to 200 labs located across the country even in remote areas such as Shivamogga, Tirunelveli, Dharmapuri, Tirupati, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Leh, Jammu, Udhampur, Jhalawar, Bhavnagar Sholapur, Darbhanga, Rishikesh, Faridkot to mention a few. These kits are being delivered packed in dry ice," the press note stated.

"India Post has already delivered consignments to remote areas such as Imphal, Aizawl apart from Dungarpur, Churu, Jhalawar, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota and other places. Union Minister of Communications, E & IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad has appreciated the renewed commitment and partnership between ICMR and Department of Posts," it further read.

The minister has said that India Post has been delivering mails, medicines, financial assistance at doorsteps and even distributing food and ration to needy during the lockdown. He has also acknowledged that postmen of India Post have risen to the occasion and stood shoulder to shoulder with the nation during these challenging times.

According to the ministry's note, both ICMR and India Post have identified nodal officers for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations.

The circles have made necessary arrangements with timelines for the priority transportation of the consignments to the concerned laboratories, either as per the existing system, or on the basis of new arrangements depending on the requirement, and, have communicated the same to the ICMR nodal officers.

A Google spreadsheet has been shared with all nodal officers to update the details of the booking and delivery of the testing kits to flag any operational glitches.