Indian Telegram service will punch its last Morse code on July 14, 2013 after having served gloriously for the last 160 years. I wonder how many of the younger internet generation even know what a telegram is, perhaps if they see an old Indian movie they may wonder at the piece of paper that would instantly change the complexion of the person reading it depending on its content.
The advent of telephones, fax, and then the internet gradually reduced the role of telegrams, and it’s dying hours they were reduced merely to send greetings.
As per a circular issued by Shameem Akhtar, Sr. General Manager (Telegraph Services) Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Corporate office, New Delhi, the telegraph service is to be discontinued with effect from July 15, 2013.
The circular sent to various telecom district and circle offices as per the instruction of a competent authority denotes that telegram services will be closed from July 15 and as a result all telegraph offices under the management of BSNL will have to stop booking telegrams from July 15.