Letters were the oldest form of communication for most of India, Egypt, Sumer, Rome, Greece and China. But have you ever wondered how these confession papers end up in the right place? Well, the correct answer is through the assigned PinCode. And with the 75th anniversary of Independence, the postal code number introduced by Sriram Bhikaji Velankar is also 50 years old.
The Postal Service PIN was introduced in India on 15 August 1972. The six-digit code is used to send couriers, letters and other postal items across the country. Read the full article to learn about the what, when, where, why and how of the wonderful six-digit zip code.
What is a pincode?
The full form of a PIN is a postal code number. Introduced on 15 August 1972, it is used by the Indian Postal Service to separate locations. The postal code of the area consists of 6 digits, each digit represents a specific value.
The PinCode system in India was introduced by Shriram Bhikaji Velankar. The Sanskrit scholar Velankar was an additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Communications and a senior member of the Post and Telegraph Council.
Why do you need a pin code?
India is one of the countries with the largest postal network in the world. It has about 1.5 million post offices throughout the country. The process of sorting and delivering mail has become chaotic due to the same names in different cities or because of the language barrier. Therefore, a pin code system was introduced to facilitate the process.
The country was divided into 9 geographical areas, and pin codes were assigned to them accordingly. Of which one item was reserved exclusively for the Army Postal Service. A total of 19,101 badges have been allocated in the country, according to the Postal Administration.
How does a postcode number work?
Postal code consists of only 6 digits. Valid throughout the country, all numbers mean different information. The first digit indicates the postal region, such as East, West, North, or South. The second digit indicates the sub-region, and the third indicates the triage area. Whereas the rest of the numbers further narrow down the geography to provide information about the location of the post office.
Subsequently, these parcels, pin codes, letters and goods are delivered to the post office or courier agencies on the basis of the division of pin codes. And from here all this is sent to the address of the recipient.
Who was behind Pincod?
Sanskrit scholar and poet Sri Ram Bhikaji is known as the father of postcode numbers. It was his idea to introduce Pincode in the country to better separate posts and letters. Working as an additional secretary in the Ministry of Communications, as well as a senior board member of the Telegraph, he felt a strong need for a system to improve the efficiency of the Indian postal system. Bhikaji created such a powerful system with a pin code that proved to be a boon to deliver things anywhere in the country.
Bhikaji’s contribution is not limited to improving postal services. He wrote 105 books in Sanskrit, and his play Viloma Kavya is still called the masterpiece of Sanskrit literature. Chairman of the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Delhi, Bhikaji also received many awards and laurels for his outstanding work and achievements.
However, the era of letters has passed, but the pin code still prevails over GPS. Remember to enter the correct PIN when ordering food or anything online to get early deliveries.