By Anil Kr Pujara
My friend went to send a registered letter to another friend in Switzerland.He wanted to use Gandhi Khadi Ms on the cover since friend from Switzerland wanted this particular Ms commercially used for his collection.The total postage required was of Rs 145 .He used this MS n offered balance amount in cash.To a great shock, the staff manning the counter refused to acknowledge that this is a genuine stamp released from India.Further the comments were very astonishing that there can not be a stamp of Rs.100/- since it is not heard that any stamp of Khadi n such a high denomination has been issued by
India Post.Later on the value of this stamp was being taken as Rs.1/ only n nobody was ready to believe that the genuineness of this stamp.The matter was escalated to the Post Master who himself got confused n ready to belive the facts.By this time the staff of Post Office in assembeled in a a big no. The MS was taken for a round in the Post Office n shown to one n all. It was treated like an alien. the ground reality, My friend suggested to verify the facts from the official website of India Post.Luckily, the internet was working, the power connection was there n the facts were verified.The whole confusion started because of lack of communication from the India Post which further got compounded since neither rupee symble is appearing on the stamp nor there is any description on the stamp indicating the denomination on the stamp.It reflects how insensitive IndiaPost is n how far they are from the ground reality. Sinc even definitive of Rs.1/- of Mahatama Gandhi also carries 100 as denomination n this MS also carries as 100/= as denomination, it is bound to create the confusion.Is ther anyone in India Post to sense the ground reality n ensure that such a pitiable situation is not repeated.