Live Report From INDIPEX 2011 Pragati Maidan New Delhi By Anil K R Pujara, Anurag, Virendar, Abishek Jalan
The INDIPEX 2011, The World Philatelic Exhibition organized at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi has completed it\’s half of the journey today and there is no doubt that the first half of this unique international philatelic event has gone waste; India Post is trying to learn lessons once the fingers are burnt. What an irony !!
Here are the highlights of the Fourth (4th) Day of the event;
1.The sale of new stamps was observed to be much streamlined today and it was quite less tiresome for philatelists and public by and large. The day-long rain showers was at primary contribution as the crowd today was not seen, people preferred to be at home instead. However, India Post deserves some patting for its efforts of recovery of the damages done to its reputation.
2. Today the sale of Special Covers was also observed to be is streamlined. Special Covers released in the forenoon are available immediately after release. India Post did give an ear to our yesterday\’s plight. Further, we also suggest that the sale of special covers must be kept ope the whole day.3. As we mentioned yesterday about the cancellation juggernaughts the India Post rightly took steps to improvize the arrangements. We observed that cancellations were bit improved and the India Post officials entrusted with this responsibility to cancel the covers were a little more polite and courteous today. However, they are government servants and are not habitual of such nice behavior and therefore this little change should be considered as \”sea-change\”.
4. The \”Cachets\” are proper with handle so improved cancellations are visible. This is a big reason for bringing cheers on the face of collectors. However, but quality of cachets and ink needs remarkable improvements. When will India Post find time to improvize on this issue?
5. We observed that many a people kept waiting for at least two hours to get the Special Covers Cancelled. The reason was very simple. The India Post officials and the staff authorized to do the cancellation were not present.It is a quite common phenomenon in any indian government office and indians are genrally used to such treatments. (Baboojee has gone for tea break….abhi aa jayenge….aap wait karo…..)
6. India Post completely failed to mobilize and motivate the visitors to the exhibition hall as exhibition hall was found to be a haunting place. India Post actually did not intend to focus the exhibition. On the contrary, the focus is on glittering functions, sale of stamps, and of course preferences and previledes to the dealers. Philatelists and their hard worked collections being displayed comes at the last priority for India Post. May god bless the officials with a little more wisdom and a sense of real responsibility.