Postal-tariffs not rationalised in Union Budget for 2018-19

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/13/2018 4:00:13 PM

Dear Editor,
Present tariff-structure of Speed Post is such that at times sending mail-articles through reliable and fast Speed Post is much-much cheaper than sending the same through unreliable ordinary post. Moreover it is illogical that only selected premium postal-services like speed post may attract GST while other ordinary postal-services remain exempted from GST.
Postal-tariffs revised many years ago continue to have tariffs like of 25 paise for registered newspapers even though even coins of this denomination are discontinued long ago. Otherwise also, since production-cost of small newspapers (and other government-services like platform-ticket) having been increased manifolds in last several years, it is non-sense that postal-department may continue to bear burden of extra-ordinary subsidy. Likewise post-cards should have minimum tariff of rupee one.
All postal-tariffs should be revised in multiples of rupees ten (inclusive of GST if applicable). However concessional minimum tariff of rupee one may be there for post-cards and registered newspapers.
Ordinary mail may have tariff of rupees ten for every 50 gms or part instead of present rupees 5 for every 20 gms or part. Extra tariff for registered post may be rupees twenty instead of present seventeen. Speed Post tariff for both local and non-local mailed articles can be rupees thirty for every 50 gms or part, thus making net postal-tariff for initial weight-slab of registered post and speed Post may be same at rupees thirty for first 50 gms.
—Madhu Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.

 

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