Ringing Twice

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The postal service loses about Rs. 8 for every letter they deliver in the island. The postal service loses about Rs. 8 for every letter they deliver in the island. The service is today mostly used for corporate mail like sending phone bills to bank statements.

Most of this mail is sent by companies that don’t need government subsidies.

The postal department made a Rs. 465 million loss last year.

The department now says they are planning to improve the service offering in rural areas.

“In addition to sending and receiving letters, we are going to provide more facilities in the sub post offices and make them service centers,” says D. M. Jayaratne, Minister of Post and Telecommunication.

The department and the ministry will also be moving out of their offices at the world trade center within the next year.

They hope to save Rs. 3 million a month by shifting to their own communications complex in Battaramulla.

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