1. Function of a Branch Office. – A branch office is authorised to transact the
following classes of business -
(a) Paid unregistered articles of the letter mail – It can exchange paid
unregistered articles of the letter mail with its account office, or any office or
R.M.S. section with which it is in communication.
Exception. – A branch office is authorised to accept, as book packets, articles
containing reproductions of a manuscript or type-written original which have the
appearance of an ordinary manuscript or type-written letter.
(b) Unpaid unregistered articles of the letter mail. – It can despatch unpaid
unregistered articles posted, to its account office, or any office or R.M.S.
section with which it is in communication, subject to the condition that no
unpaid articles for delivery from a branch office may be forwarded direct to
that office; and it cannot receive unpaid unregistered articles for delivery from
itself except from the account office.
(c) Registered articles of the letter mail. – It can receive registered (ordinary and
V.P.) articles of the letter mail, both for despatch or delivery. Ordinary
registered articles may be exchanged with the account office and with other
offices and sections with which the branch office is in direct communication.
Such articles will be advised in registered lists in the case of exchanges with
other offices and sections and also with the account office if prescribed,
otherwise they will be advised in branch office slips or in branch office daily
accounts for account office. V.P. articles for despatch will, however, be sent
only to the account office and V.P. articles and registered articles on which
customs duty is payable cannot be received by the Branch Office except
through the Account Office.
(d) Articles of the parcel mail.- It can receive ordinary inland parcels (registered
or unregistered) and V.P. articles of the parcel mail for despatch or delivery
and, with the special sanction of the Head of the circle, foreign parcels for
despatch. Foreign parcels and V.P. articles for despatch must be sent to the
account office and those for delivery will be received only from the account
office. Ordinary inland parcels, may however, be exchanged with all the
offices or sections with which it is communication duly entered in parcel lists.
(e) Insured articles.- It can deliver insured articles received from the account
office, and, if specially authorised by the Head of the Circle to insure articles