Postal tariff to mail an ordinary unreliable mail-article (local) say weighing 500 gms will be rupees 125 (service-tax exempted). But same local mail-article if mailed through fast and assured delivery of Speed Post will cost just rupees 34 (inclusive of rupees four as service-tax)! Such irrationality in mail-tariffs costs heavily to postal-department with premium postal-services like Speed Post not giving desired profits which may compensate heavy losses on other essential postal-services like post-cards, inland-letter-cards, registered newspapers etc.
Moreover presently postal-department has different mail-tariffs for local and non-local mail articles sent through premium postal-services like Speed Post, while it is inform for ordinary postal-services. Tariffs for Speed Post and other premium postal-services should also be common for local and non-local mail-articles. Also premium postal-services have additive of service-tax, while no service-tax is added on ordinary postal-services.
Imposing service-tax on selected premium postal-services is like putting revenue from one pocket to another that too with a bias between premium and ordinary postal-services. Department of Posts can revise ordinary mail-tariff to rupees 10 per 50 gms or part instead of present rupees 5 per 20 gms or part. Likewise Speed Post tariff can be fixed commonly at rupees 20 or 25 (inclusive of service tax if imposable) per 50 gms or part uniformly for local and non-local mail-articles.
It is time to abolish loss-making and unpopular inland-letter-cards. However post-card should be retained but priced at rupee one only in meghdoot category where an appreciable part of revenue-loss is offset through sponsors sponsoring meghdoot post-cards with their advertisements printed on remaining back side with address-block. Even beggars refuse to accept coins of 50-paise which otherwise also are hardly visible in circulation making it senseless to price ordinary post-card at 50 paise. All other types of post-cards (business or printed) can be priced at rupees ten.
All postal-tariff should now be in complete rupee rather than paises with minimum postal-tariff being rupee one for items like registered newspapers. Since production-cost of newspapers has risen abnormally high since postal-tariffs for these were last fixed, there must not be any objection to raise postal-tariff to mail registered newspapers to rupee one from present just 25 paise coin of which denomination is no more there in circulation.
Postal-department should stop delivering post-cards with rubber-stamps (printed category) to Akashvani where many regular listeners send their choices of film-songs by putting fixed rubber-stamps on ordinary post-cards which must be covered under printed category of post-cards.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
DELHI 110006 (India)