promotional items like CDs/floppies and cassettes etc., coupons, posters, mailers or any other
      form of printed communication that is not prohibited by the Indian Post Office Act 1898 or
      Indian Post Office Rules 1933.
      Retail Post
            Post Office is being developed as a one-stop shop to provide a range of utility services to
      the customers providing convenience and affordability at their door steps. Retail Post leverages
      the vast network of 1,55,000 post offices and the services under it include collection of
      electricity bill, telephone bills, taxes, fees, sale of Rakhi envelopes, address verification service,
      sale of application forms of various educational institutions and recruiting agencies, etc.
            In order to provide railway tickets through convenient locations, railway reservation tickets
      of all classes are being sold at the post offices in association with the Ministry of Railways.
      Gangajal through Post Offices
            India Post has put in place arrangements for supply and distribution of ‘Gangajal’ sourced
      from Rishikesh and Gangotri, through post offices across the country from 2016. ‘Gangajal’ is
      being made available through Head Post Offices and ePost Office Portal. Arrangements have
      also been made for door step delivery of ‘Gangajal’ across the country through Speed Post .
      Post Shoppe
            The Department of Posts in its endeavour to facilitate customers with pleasant shopping
      experience has evolved a concept of ‘Post Shoppe’. The ‘Post Shoppe’ is a convenient store
      format, located in the premises of important post offices, which essentially keeps wide range of
      collectable philatelic items such as stamps, first day covers, frames, albums and also ‘My Stamp’
      corner where one can get stamps with own photograph. Apart from these, stationery items of
      general use such as different varieties of covers/envelopes, CD mailers, etc., are also made
      available at these shops. Besides, ‘Post Shoppes’ are also a prominent place for items of cultural
      heritage and traditional items of local importance prepared by artisans. The ‘Post Shoppe’ have
      got elegant looks and modern shelf and rack system with open display method creating an
      attractive look and giving a pleasant shopping experience.
            Presently, more than eighty ‘Post Shoppe’ are functional across the country and these have
      been well received and appreciated by the customers with increasing footfalls.
      Passenger Reservation System
            A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India Post and Ministry of Railways
      to provide computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) terminals in some post offices.
      Service was initially started in 30 post offices. Now, this number has gone up to around 337. List
      of Post Offices opening India Post PRS Centre, along with contact details, is available on the
      web site
            Since the commencement of service in 2007, service charged being realized by the
      Department for issuing of reserved tickets have not been upwardly revised.
      Sovereign Gold Bond
            Department is actively engaged in the premier scheme—Sale of Sovereign Gold Bond
      (SGB)’ introduced in 2015-16 by Ministry of Finance, and operated through RBI. The objective