Khadi Stamp on Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most sought after stamp and it was evident at the INDIPEX2011. India Post counter was buzzing with philatelists and because of mismanagement it turned out to be a big chaos. Philatelists who were present there and felt hurt expressed their views to Phila Mirror as under;
According to Er.H.K Jain, \”khadi stamps presentation packs shows total printing quantity of khadi stamp miniature sheets are 0.01 million ( it means only 10000 Nos. ) but postal staff official persons ( those selling it, at counters ) inform total quantity of khadi stamp miniature sheets is 0.1 million ( 1 lakh ) not 10000 as printed in presentation packs. Who is correct ?If it is printing mistake in presentation pack ,then it is moral duty of Postal Department to clarify regarding actual printing quantity of Khadi stamp miniature sheets by issue a official notice\”.
Sunil Kumar Garg shared his experience of Khadi stamp at Indipex2011 and said,\”I personally did not like it any much. And of course. no compromises when it comes to the show of real worth of something. 100 paisa or 100 rupees? Please re-issue it in unified rupee symbol and sell it for what it is worth when used on the speed parcel\”.
The worries of subsequent availability of the khadi stamp was equally disturbing the mins of philatelists.Will the stamps be made available to other philatelists who could not visit the event and are spread over the country.\”Another question bothering everybodys mind is whether this MS of Gandhi stamp will be sold only in the exhibition or it will be sent for sale all over country at Bureaus and will it be supplied to PDA holders. If it will be supplied to PDA holders then will it be in the form of Presentation Pack or loose MS as it was initially sold on the Day -1\”, says Anil K.Pujara a well known philatelist.
It was a common plight for the philatelists to see the fight to get khadi stamp at the INDIPEX2011. Kamran Ahmed expressed his displeasure and said,\”It was wonderful to see how people were fighting and shouting all the time in Queues for Khadi stamp purchase.The people were so keen to take Khadi stamp and I think this was the world record crowd to buy a stamp.Arrangements were really poor,India Post people also under estimated the demand for Khadi stamp,If this stamp is really a limited edition than they should go for more prints\”.
Sankha Samanta, the designer of this most popular khadi stamp on Gandhi wishes to \”thank all philatelists, media persons and all postage stamp lovers who have appreciated my design of the Khadi Stamp\”. According to him ,\”It is a simple design, and Gandhiji for me was an embodiment of truth and simplicity. It has been truely a privilage for me to design this stamp\”.
Many people across th country did book the khadi stamp online as the INDIPEX2011 website offered this facility to everyone but since the site itself gone dump immediately before the event no body knows what will happen to all thos online bookings. Sanjit Karamakar in a communique to Phila Mirror says,\”I have booked Khadi Gandi stamp online. All booking formalities are maintained. But do not get any confirmation. When the online booked materials are disbursed\”.
Kalesh Kumar S.G. from Trivandrum could feel the Gandhi effect in a sense at INDIPEX2011 and says,\”…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\”.
Neeraj Kumar goes even further cursing India Post, \”If you want to know how to torture your customers, learn from India Post. It was a nightmare for philatelists to get this Khadi Gandhi stamp who had booked online. There was one long queue for the payment and another for delivery while this could have been done with single queue. It took 3-4 hrs for people, who booked it online, to get pack of ten presentation pack, while staff was selling 1 or 2 presentation packs to anybody. I saw one lady buying atleast 30 presentation packs within 10-15 minutes. I would have done that had I not deposited the money. It would have saved my precious time. Besides, there was no intimation about identity card for online booking\”.
Sreejesh Krishnan feels that the \”India post has cheated with the khadi stamp of Gandhi Ji\”. It is totally out of our expectation. A small piece of Khadi only pasted on the stamp. In addition India post informed that limited number only will be printed but 1 lakh is not a limited number. India post is making only money by selling Gandhi just like dealers. They were making money to a tune of 2.5 crores, Insted of actul price of 1 crore\”.