The main objective behind the concept of \”My Stamp\” is to popularise the use of postal stamps and thus encourage habit of letter writing and sending greeting cards in India. A personalised stamp is a postage stamp, where a photograph can be added to the stamp. One can use the stamp while sending out letters or greetings on special occasions,\” said Harpreet Singh, director, Indipex 2011. One can make a choice from stamps on zodiac signs, aircrafts, train engines, wildlife, Taj Mahal and Panchatantra for his own personalised stamp.
With the same objective India Post has opened a specific counter for \’My Stamp\’ at the INDIPEX 2011 venue. One either has to go there with a photograph with or get it clicked there. After sometime, he will be handed over a leaf of 12 stamps with his mug shot printed on them.
Unfortunately the arrangements made are hopeless and have led to a complete mess and chaos. India Post, Philatelic Congress of India under the auspices of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately should trouble themselves a little more and exert efforts in order to maintain a good system.
Here is what a leading english daily \”The Hindustan Times\” reported today;
…But many people had unpleasant experience in the exhibition ground, thanks to mismanagement on the organiser\’s part. Very few people were at the venue to guide the visitors, which is why many found it difficult to even locate the counter of their choice. People even had to wait for two hours in \’My Stamp\’ counter to get their photographs clicked. \”Stamps were not properly catalogued nor were they placed in sequence. There were very few volunteers at stalls to assist the visitors,\” said Tanya Roy, a resident of Lajpat Nagar.
\”The situation went out of control on Saturday as hundreds of people poured in. From Sunday onwards, we are planning to keep photographs and postal addresses of the ones coming for my stamp and later send them to their respective addresses,\” said Subhash Barmma, general manager, Indipex, 2011.