Ancient Postal Service in India

First Post Office in India at Kolkata, Founded by Walter L.B. Granville

In ancient times the kings, rulers, zamindars protected their land through the intelligence services of specially trained police or military agencies and courier services to convey and obtain information through runners, messengers and even through pigeons in most parts of India. The chief of the secret service, known as the Dakpal (postmaster), maintained the lines of communication.

British East India Company's involvement in the postal services of India began in the eighteenth century. Who established post offices in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata between 1764 and 1766.

Later in 1854, introduce of Postal Act XVII, the Postal Manual supplied to postmasters to encourage the uniformity of practice.

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