The Jharkhand postal department has decided to step into the family planning programme and has started delivering condoms and contraceptives to people, especially in remote areas.
The department has tied up with Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust in this initiative, which helps those hesitant to buy condoms from shops to get them at home. The move was initiated last week.
"The idea is to promote family planning. Through post offices we deliver 16 products, including condoms, contraceptives, sanitary napkins and nappies, to people in remote areas," said Anil Kumar, director of the head post office in Ranchi.
"We (postal department) will get 30 percent as commission on the products sold," Kumar said.
The postmen who carry out the innovative idea are enthusiastic about their additional responsibility.
Said Deendayal, a postman: "We interact with people and make them aware about the importance of using condoms."