New Delhi: With the dominance of internet and mobiles, postcards and inland letters have become a passé. The sale of postcards has drastically fallen by 75 percent.

International postcards worth Rs 355.56 crore were sold during 1999-2000, have now fallen to Rs 98.18 crore in a decade.

The speed-post service launched by the postal department is also on the decline.

With 25 paise becoming a history, the cheapest postcard service: Meghdoot 25 paise is also on the verge of losing its identity. While postcards worth Rs 236.45 crore were sold during 1999-2000, this number was a mere Rs 78.24 crore during 2008-09. Presently the postcard is worth Re 1, but the decline in its significance continues.

The much faithful registered postal service is also facing the same fate. The number of registered posts was 56.76 crore during 1999-2000 has fallen to 31.30 crore in a decade. 

This somber look of the Indian Postal Service has come to light through an RTI application.

(JPN/Bureau)