Cellphones, emails and SMS have pushed the humble telegram service to a forgotten past with the BSNL deciding to stop the 160-year-old telegraph service from July 15. A source of quick and urgent communication, it brought many happy and sad news to people across the country. But with better technology and newer means of communication, the telegram finds itself edged out of competition.
The surplus telegraph staff members would be deployed to mobile services, landline telephony, broadband services and shifting could take place within the next 3 months. Faced with declining revenues, the government had in May 2011, revised the telegram charges after a gap of 60 years.