BUSINESS REPLY SERVICE
Under this service, a person who wishes to obtain a reply
from his client without putting him to the expenditure of paying the postage charges may
attach or enclose with his communication an addressed reply card, envelope or label
of a special design as indicated below. Such a card, envelope or label can be posted by
the client in the ordinary manner, but without any stamp. The usual postage charges plus
fifty paise for each article will be collected from the addressee.
Application for permit should be made to the Divisional
Superintendent of Post Offices through the Postmaster of the Post Office which delivers
the applicant's mail, with a complete printed proof of the Card/Letter
Card/envelope/label, and prescribed fee. Stationery should conform to the specifications
for private stationery.
It may be printed in English, Hindi or regional language.
Name of Post town should be printed in English at the end.
Permit is valid upto the 31st March of the year. It should
be renewed in the month of March. If not renewed, mail received for delivery after 31st
March, with the permit mark and without postage, will be treated as unpaid.
Permit will be cancelled in case of failure to pay the
amount of postage or service charge due.
Conditions of Posting
Persons desirous of availing themselves of this facility
should take out a permit from the Head of the Division. Applications along with complete
printed proofs of the card, envelope or label of a special design as indicated below. Such
a card, envelope or label can be posted by the client in the ordinary manner, but without
any stamp. The usual postage charges plus paise for each article will be collected from
The minimum size of "Business Reply Envelopes"
shall conform to the minimum size prescribed for covers of letters "Business Reply
Cards" shall conform in size and quality with the conditions prescribed for cards of
Business Reply Cards, Envelopes and labels must bear on the
address side, either printed thereon or on a level affixed thereto : (a) the printed name
and address of the permit holder to whom the card or envelope is to be delivered, (b) the
permit number, (c) the name of the post office issuing the permit, (d) two thick vertical
lines in black or any other colour near the right hand edge, (e) the words "
Business Reply Card", "Business Reply Envelope", or "Business Reply
Label" as the case may be, (f) the words "No postage stamp necessary if posted
in India", and (g) the words "Postage will be paid by the addressee".
Sufficient space should be left for post-making at the top of the card or envelope. The
design suggested for postcards above may be adopted. A permit-holder may incorporate in
any advertisement issued by him in a newspaper or other publication a special design
containing the printed entries herein before specified with a view to its being used as a
Business Reply Label and affixed to a card or envelope.
A "Business Reply Card" shall not be folded, cut
or otherwise altered.
"Business Reply Cards" may be sent out as reply
portions of double postcards or may be enclosed with other matter, but Business Reply
Envelopes must be enclosed with other matter.
Breach of Conditions
Article infringing the prescribed conditions will be
treated as unpaid letter.