Indian Post Office Act, 1898

The Indian Post Office Act of 1898 was repealed on June 18, 2024, and replaced by the Post Office Act, 2023. The new Act introduces several key provisions, including expanded interception powers under Section 9 for state security and public order, and exemption from liability for losses, misdelivery, or damage under Section 10. It also officially regulates private courier services, ending the state’s monopoly on mail delivery. The Act removes outdated penalties and exclusivities, such as the government’s exclusive right to deliver letters and certain crimes related to dishonesty and fraud by Post Office employees. While the new Act aims to modernize postal services, it raises concerns about privacy rights and the balance of power.

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