Friday, February 18, 2005

"Post" haste

The Financial Express has an interesting story on Indian Post (Snail mail).

A snippet from the piece...

... the Bill is enacted, all courier companies would be barred from carrying letters, to be defined as packets below a certain weight. The draft Bill proposes to vest the government’s postal department with the exclusive privilege of carrying all letters...

...In fact, the draft Bill states, “Wherever posts or postal communications are established by the Central government, all persons, other than a person registered under this Act, are forbidden to collect, carry, tender or deliver letters, or to receive letters for the purpose of carrying or delivering them.” ...

Did you know that the existing act is called the Indian Postal act of 1898 (yes, 1898). The point that is missed here is that Indian Posts seriously needs an overhaul and the way for it to grow is some serious increase in efficiency. Legislation is not the Big fix as Seth Godin writes in an interesting post.

Lets see how this one plays out.

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