July 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka
Minister of Posts Jeewan Kumaratunga says that the Postal Department has decided to suspend the age-old telegram service soon.
The Minister says the telegram service has become very unpopular and a costly service and is mainly used by the public employees to inform urgent leave officially.
However, the government is expected to introduce an alternative to the telegram service.
Earlier telegrams were used for urgent messages but due to development in telecommunication, it was replaced by fax, SMS and email etc.
Around 1,800 employees that are engaged in handling telegrams are to be given other duties in the Postal Department.