By Naresh Agrawal
India post do has nicely planned of organizing philatelic exhibitions at Distt. and State Levels regularly. In different postal circles this is being done also but at some places these are not at all organized. In the last 5 years only one State Level Exhibition and a few Distt. Level Exhibitions have been organized by Chhattisgarh postal circle. As I guess probably same is the case with other places. The allocated funds are diverted to some other heads.
Philatelic bureaus are the other important matter needs discussion as most of the time either the material is not available or is sold to a handful of stamp dealers for the purpose of black marketing. Even the account holder collectors of the bureaus did not get their material.
Is the postal deptt. really interested in developing and promoting philately or they have one motto to earn from the sales of philatelic material. I personally fail to understand what sought of promotion is being done by the deptt.. For me it is the clubs and societies which have kept the hobby alive. It is their activities which keep the philatelists busy in preparing their collections and exhibits. It is their activities such as organizing stamp fair which give philatelists opportunity to get material of their choice.
I have tried to find out from various philatelists from different corners of India and found that there is lack of good and motivating staff with India post. Most of the Postmasters, Suptts., PMG’s treat philately as burden and give importance to other day to day works. They fail to understand philately itself is s big wing which earns deptt. a good revenue. Otherwise also India post is a public service deptt. and so needs to cater people and philatelists irrespective of the consideration of the profit margins. I don’t find separate staff for philately in any of the postal office. Even those who are given the charge are loaded with burden of other sections also. what I feel is that, philatelic wing should be separately controlled /administered and accounts too maintained separately.
The fund allocated for organizing exhibitions should be used for the very purpose and deptt. should take local societies/clubs in to confidence. Accounts of the bureaus should be updated and material should be sent in time to all account holders. Separate stamp dealers account should be opened to purchase bulk material so that there is no tempering with material allocated for philatelists.
Local societies and clubs should be recognized and they should be legally empowered to forward ant grievances and complaints to higher ups in this matter.
Readers are requested to come up with their ideas, observations and comments.