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14 postal-services causing heavy loss to India Post
It refers to RTI response revealing fourteen postal-services causing extra-ordinary heavy loss to postal-department with many of some services not being much used. A post-card worth just 50 paise costs rupees 7.18 to postal-department while not-so-much used and outdated Inland-Letter-Card priced at rupees 2.50 also costs department rupees 7.18. Significantly postal-department bears maximum loss on mailing registered newspapers at just 25 paise but costing the department rupees 10.59.

With 25-coins discontinued and 50-paise coins virtually disappeared from circulation, minimum postal-tariff should be rupee one especially at a time when even beggars refuse to accept coins below rupee one.

Postal-department should discontinue Inland-Letter-Cards, and should have only sponsored ?Meghdoot? post-cards priced at rupee one with a part of subsidised cost coming from those having advertisements on the sponsored post-cards. An ordinary commoner may be using just one or two post-cards a month, but the heavy subsidy-bill costs much more indirectly in terms of fiscal-deficit or additional taxes on other commodities to meet heavy postal-subsidy.

All inland postal-tariffs (other than post cards and registered newspapers) including Speed Post tariffs should be fixed in multiples of rupees five while foreign-mail tariffs in multiples of rupees 20. Department of Post should approach Department of Revenue with plea to treat all postal-services equally in regard of levying service tax by abolishing service-tax on select postal-services like Speed Post.

Air and Surface (sea) mail tariffs for foreign mail should be fixed independently for equal tariff-rise for every 20 gms additional weight-slab for air-mail tariffs abolishing present system of levying air-surcharge on surface (sea) mail tariffs.

Likewise Surface (sea) mail tariffs for foreign mail can be fixed for equal tariff-rise for every 20 gms additional weight-slab. All this will enable postal-department issuing commemorative stamps only in two denominations of rupees five and twenty.

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