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Concession on Postage for blind literature

Blind Literature packets are exempted from payment of postage (both inland and foreign) if sent by surface post. Air-mail charges are to be paid if packets are sent by air. According to the Rule 129 of the Post Office Guide, besides being exempted from the payment of postage, ' Blind Literature' packets are exempted from payment of
(I) Registration fee
(II) Fee for acknowledgement and
(III) Fee for attested copy of the receipt.

Rule 130 of the Post Office Guide defines the Contents and Conditions of posting of Blind Literature. According to this rule: Papers of any kind, periodicals and books printed in Braille or other special type for the use of the blind may be transmitted by post as 'Blind Literature' packets provided that they are posted in accordance with the below mentioned conditions. Plates bearing the characters of writing, sound records for the use of the blind, and discs, films, tapes and wires on which spoken message for the blind have been recorded, when sent by, or addressed to, an officially recognised institution for the blind, shall also be treated as 'Blind Literature'.
(a) The packets shall consist only of articles specially impressed for the use of the blind, and shall not contain any communication either in writing or printed in ordinary type, except the title and table of contents of the book or periodical and any key to, or instruction for, the use of special type, or any enclosure except a level for the return of the packet.
(b) The packet shall bear on the outside the inscription 'Literature for the Blind' and the written or printed name and address of the sender.
(c) The packet shall be posted without a cover, or in a cover open at both ends, which can easily be removed for the purpose of examination.
(d) No 'Blind Literature' packet may weigh more than 7 kg.
(e) 'Blind Literature' packets are subject to the same limits of dimensions as printed papers.

Rule 131 of the of the Post Office Guide defines the penalty for breach of condition:
Should any of the conditions mentioned above be infringed, the packet (unless it is admissible as an ordinary packet) will be charged on delivery with letter or parcel postage, whichever may be less. The penalty for breach of the conditions in respect of foreign postage is specified under rule 307 of the of the Post Office Guide. It states that:
'Blind Literature' packets which contain any note or document having the character of actual and personal correspondence, or packets that do not allow easy examination of the contents, or which contain postage stamps, form of pre payment whether obliterated or not or paper representing any value, or which infringe any of the foregoing conditions will not be forwarded, but will be returned to the sender and will be charged in on delivery with letter or parcel postage at the internal postage rate whichever is applicable. If the sender wishes to report the article after complying with the necessary conditions, he may do so. It is permissible in such cases to use the original wrapper, but the use of a fresh wrapper is preferable and is recommended.

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