Special Covers and Special Cancellation

An event which is not nationally important enough to be commemorated by issue of a Commemorative/Special stamp or for which a stamp cannot be accommodated in the annual issue programme may be commemorated by the Department by issue of Special Covers which can be cancelled with a special cancellation at the post office selected for the purpose. Such covers can also be issued at the instance of private parties on payment of requisite charges. These covers should bear minimum postage stamps of any kind equivalent to the minimum inland letter mail rate. Heads of Circles are the Competent Authority to sanction Special Covers commemorating any event/institution/inaugural flight under their jurisdiction. They also coordinate its release. The Rates for Special Covers and Special Cancellations are as under:

Departmental fees Revised/enhanced rates for the special cancellation/cover
Per day per Post Office in INR Per day if it is at proponent's premises in INR
On working days 12,500/- 25,000/-
On Sundays/holidays 25,000/- 50,000/-