The Postal Department has suspended its decision to exercise the option of opening business letters posted under ordinary mail following opposition from various quarters, Posts and Telecommunication Secretary W.M. Piyasena told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
He said instead the Department would introduce a `Business Postal System` to offset the massive losses incurred annually due to business establishments exploiting loopholes in the Postal Ordinance by posting business letters and parcels under ordinary cover.
`The Ministry has taken steps to amend the Postal Ordinance for this purpose,` Mr. Piyasena said.
The Post Master General, in a circular issued on August 21, instructed all Post Masters to open letters weighing 30 grams or less posted under ordinary cover by business establishments and charge Rs. 15 each for such letters.
`The department has learnt that some business establishments mail business letters under ordinary cover without the sender`s address.
A three-member committee comprising Post Masters, Senior Inspectors, Senior Officers and Counter Clerks were authorised to identify and retain such letters and with the approval of the Divisional Postal Superintendent charge the due postage from such business establishments,` the circular said.
However, in a second circular issued last Friday the PMG has withdrawn the instructions given on August 21.
`Under the Postal Ordinance it is not compulsory to mention the sender`s name and this loophole is being exploited by certain private companies to their advantage.
This has deprived the department of millions of rupees,` Mr. Piyasena said.