Golden Jubilee of PIN Code


    In Context

    • Commemorative Postage Stamp was released on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of PIN Code.


    • PIN code or a Postal Index Number in India is a six-digit numeric code in the Indian Postal system. 
    • It was introduced on 15 August 1972 by the then Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Shriram Bhikaji. 

    Why was the PIN code introduced?

    • According to the Department of Posts, there were 23,344 post offices in India at the time of Independence. 
    • But, the country was growing rapidly and the postal network had to keep pace.
    • The PIN code was meant to ease the process of mail sorting and delivery in a country where different places, often, have the same or similar names, and letters are written in a wide variety of languages.
    • Postal zones: There are nine postal zones in India, including eight regional zones and one functional zone (for the Indian Army).