Registration

Objective:

Registration makes the transmission to article more secure, as it passes through the hands of postal orders, under special precautions. But the Post Office is not responsible for the loss of a registered article, or for any injury which its contents may sustain during the transmission through post. The risk of injury is diminished by the use of the special registration envelopes sold at post offices.

Articles which can be registered:

Letters, letter cards, postcards, book and pattern packets, blind literature packets, parcels and newspapers prepaid with postage at newspaper rates of postage may be registered at any post office for transmission by post to any other post office.

Payment of Postage and Fee:

The prepayment of the postage and registration fee is compulsory in the case of registered articles.

Manner of registering:

An article intended for registration must be presented at the window of the post office. No such article will be accepted for registration if it is so small or so covered with writing or sealing wax on the address side or otherwise made up in such a manner, as to render it impracticable to affix to the article the prescribed official labels of the Post Office. This condition does not apply to an article which has an address label tied to it provided that the label is not so small or so covered with writing on the address-side as to render it impracticable to affix to the side the prescribed official labels of the Post Office.

Sender's Receipt:

A receipt will be given to the person who presents an article for registration at the post office window during the hours prescribed for posting registered articles.

Special Acknowledgments:

An acknowledgement facility is available on payment of prescribed fee in addition to the postage and registration fee. On the delivery of the article a form of acknowledgment signed in ink by the addressee or his authorised agent will be sent. If either the addressee or the agent refuses to sign, the acknowledgment of delivery will bear a statement to this effect.

Attested Copies of receipts:

The sender of a registered article may obtain an attested copy of the original receipt signed by the addressee on payment of the prescribed special fee, provided that he makes his application for it within six months or the date on which the addressee signed the original receipt.

Cases in which registration is compulsory:

Registration is obligatory in the case of-

  • Any parcel exceeding 4 kilograms in weight.
  • Any insured article.
  • Any parcel addressed to a place for which a customs declaration is required.
  • Any article containing postage or other stamps or labels, or a cheque, hundi, bank note, bankpost bill, bill-of-exchange, or the like, if the contents are either superscribed upon the cover or are known or manifest to the officers of the Post Office owing to the transparency, Insecurity or Insufficiency of the cover or to any other cause.
  • Any article bearing the word “registered” or any other word, phrase or mark to the like effect, written or impressed on the cover.
  • Any registered article which is re-posted after having been delivered.
  • Any value-payable article.

Compensation:

The Head of the Circle may grant to the sender, or at his request to the addressee solely as an act of grace, and not in consequence of any legal liability compensation up to a limit of Rs. 100 for the loss of any inland letter, packet or parcel, or its contents or for any damage caused to it in course of transmission by post, subject to the following conditions :

  • That the prescribed registration fee shall have been prepaid in addition to the postage.
  • That the application for compensation shall have been made within three months of the date of posting of the article in the case of loss of the article, and within one month of the date of delivery of the article in the case of loss of contents or damage.
  • That the amount of compensation shall not exceed the actual amount of the loss or damage and that such amount can be referred directly to some loss or damage.
  • That the decision of the Director-General on all questions of compensation shall be final.


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