History chronicles that the postal service in Sri Lanka was started by the ‘Dutch East India Company’ in 1798 for administrative related purposes when Sri Lanka was under the Dutch colonial rule. Over the past two centuries, it underwent many a change and today as the Department of Posts, it renders an invaluable service to the Sri Lankan public.
Historic city of Kandy enjoys a unique place in the annals of postal service in Sri Lanka. The first horse drawn mail coach service was inaugurated in July 1832 between Kandy and Colombo and according to historical records a post office was operated at the vicarage of a Baptist priest in Ward Place wherein the current People’s Bank is located and the old post office in Kandy had been maintained at the premises where the Kandy police station is housed now.
Similarly, Kandy district has been the base of most of the ministers in charge of the subject of posts in the recent history of the country including the incumbent minister. Sri Lanka is an active member of the Universal Postal Union, the United Nations specialized agency for postal sector and World Post Day introduced by the Universal Postal Union marks its 144th anniversary this year. Holding the main national ceremony to mark this year’s World Post Day in Kandy is of special significance.
The mainstay of the country’s postal service is the service network that covers each and every household of the island. Operating this service network efficiently and effectively employing state of the art technology with diversification of services to suit the complex needs of our giant customer base is essential for the sustenance of the postal service.
It is equally important to establish a postal service that is closely related to the community and expand international postal services in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union and other countries. At a time the Ministry and the Department of Posts laying emphasis on a qualitative change in the country’s postal service, I consider that the holding of World Post Day 2018 in Kandy as a landmark event and extend my best wishes for the success of the World Post Day celebrations.
R. M. D. B. Meegasmulla
Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs