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Postal deptt. to raise tariffs
ActIT Jammu, Projects, Java,, C# Training Jammu
Dear Editor,

Postal Department after bearing heavy subsidy-losses for long with incoming revenue reduced and overheads increased, has at last decided to raise postal-tariffs. It is time that outdated loss-making postal-services like Inland-Letter-Cards, Book-Post and ordinary post-card may be discontinued retaining sponsored meghdoot post-card priced at rupee one ensuring that it may not be misused for commercial or entertainment purposes.

Presently chit-fund companies and those wishing to get their names broadcast in programmes of listeners-choice presented by All India Radio misuse heavily subsidised post-cards. Raising cost of sponsored meghdoot to rupee one will not affect even poorest of the poor who may be using just one or two post-cards in a month, while he may be burdened indirectly through tax on other items needed to offset effect of subsidy on postal-items.

With cost of inputs for registered newspapers having been increased manifolds, it will not be unjustified to have at least one-rupee postal-tariff for mailing these thus making one-rupee as minimum postal-tariff. Subsidised Book-Post tariff is mostly used by affording rich to send greeting cards, and should be abolished.

Tariffs for other postal-services including of premium postal-services like Speed Post and Express Postal Service should be rationalised in multiples of rupees ten for equal tariff-rise for every equal rise in weight-slab. One-nation, one-tariff policy should be there for Speed Post abolishing GST from premium postal-services.

Charging service-tax from Postal Department of Posts that too only on some select postal-services has been like transferring money from one pocket to other of the government resulting in unnecessary paper-work and procedural aspects involving huge man-hours. Speed Post tariff should be same for local and non-local services say at rupees twenty or thirty per 50 gms or part unlike presently at rupees 17 and 39 respectively for local and non-local services.

Presently there are slabs where fast and reliable Speed Post is much-much economical than totally unreliable ordinary postal-tariff. For example an article weighing 500 gms sent locally through Speed Post costs just rupees 25 while the same article if mailed through ordinary post costs rupees 125. Ordinary mail can have tariff of rupees ten for every 50 gms or part.

—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,

1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Delhi.

News Updated at : Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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