INDIPEX2011:Lessons Learned From Mistakes(Day2)

Live Report From INDIPEX 2011 Pragati Maidan New Delhi By Anil K R Pujara, Anurag, Virendar, Abishek Jalan

Credit goes to the visitors who made hue and cry on the  Day -1 of the INDIPEX 2011 that India Post was forced to mend the ways. \"\"Here are the main highlights of the Day…

  • Visible improvement was observed from Day- 1. A proper arrangement was made for sale of special khadi stamp.
  • Philatelic passport made available for sale.
  • The India Post staff deputed at the counters suddenly turne more polite and courtious but all countries present and participating were not included in the passport.
  • Countries included in the passport are not present. Some of the countries particiaping are not having cachet for the cancellation like USA, Mauritious etc.
  • Uniformity in the colour of ink used in cancellation is not ensured. With such a non-uniformity the passprt has now become more of a multicolor document.
  • Blank passport was made available today at the rate of 100 rupees but postal staff refused to give date cancellation of inaugural day.
  • Each country is charging for stamps and cancellation as per their whims. There are no standardization and this leaves the budget of philatelists at bay.
  • A size of each country cancellation differs.
  • Indipex 2011 logo is missing from the cancellation of some countries.
  • Half hearted attempt have been made by India Post to promote philately.More attention is on sale of stamps exclusively.
  • Number of counters should have been more.
  • India Post should have given special attention to the young ones and speecifically the school children. It is sad to see that the average age of the vistors is almost 40 years an above.
  • No arrangement made for sale of special covers on day one and day two. India Post need to take care of this important philatelic event and activity.

Last but not the least, the  entry gates for the venue were closed at 4:30 pm without any prior information. India Post should take care of necessary arrangements and at the same time it is equally important to ensure the best comforts of the philatelists and public visiting the exhibition.

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3 Responses to INDIPEX2011:Lessons Learned From Mistakes(Day2)

  1. MALAYA says:

    Nice article which has enrich my spear of knowledge about postal stamps and the history behind the stamps and its jouney. I ll definitely visit this exhibition.

  2. Kalesh Kumar S G says:

    Here is what I experienced yesteray (13 Feb)
    1) I had to visit all counters of Indiapost for Philatelic passport. It was kept locked inside a counter and noone from Indiapost was present there to sell it. I had to go to the main counter again, complain and wait and later they started selling it.
    2) Israel’s counter is a big counter compared to other countries counters. Israel is not included in the passport.
    3)Chaos still existed in Indiapost main counter. The queue was not at all moving. Had to wait more than 1.5 hours for getting stamps released on day 1.(Indiapost is least bothered about amateur philatelists who buy less quantity compared to dealers who buy bulk and consume most of the time. They should open separate counter for dealers)
    4)Gandhi miniature sheets were only sold in presentation packs (which costs 250rs instead of 100 rs for the miniature sheet)

    First day I had to stand in queues for 5 hours waiting for the Gandhi presentation pack (It was in true Gandhiji style – Upavas (fasting) and Satyagraha!) In total, there is total lack of coordination and lots of gaps in giving correct information. This is supposed to be an international event. It should be managed professionally. I heard another philatelist saying that during an old exhibition held at Calcutta, the postal department was on strike. Then things were managed by Army Postal Service. There were no problems at all then!

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