New Delhi: The government is planning to
amend the Indian Posts Act introducing a registration process
for all courier service companies operating in the country.
"There are no guidelines, there is in fact no regulatory
mechanism... We are thinking of amending the Indian Posts Act
and bring out a registration procedure so that at least we
know the private courier services operating in the country,"
Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communication and IT, said in Lok
Sabha during Question Hour.
There are a large number of local operators who "we have
no knowledge about. In fact, they are efficient but they may
be fleecing customers. We are going to bring about a
legislation so that we ensure the registration of all
operators in this country in the speed post area," Sibal said.
He, however, said that Speed Post service offered by
Department of Post is much more effective vis-a-vis private
courier services. "We offer this service in the remote areas
where private companies are not present," he said.
Replying to a question that whether there was any
proposal to have a common National Tariff for articles mailed
by speed post instead of dual tariff for local speed post and
speed post to other parts of the country, the Minister said
for parcels or documents up to 50 grams there is one India one
rate. So there is a uniform tariff policy.
"But, of course, for larger parcels and documents, the
tariff will vary and we do not want to change that," Sibal