India Post\’s 20 Point Programme for Releasing Stamps


In India now releasing of postage stamps on themes will be difficult.The department has created a barrier and if you want to give a proposal in this regard you should have to buy minimum 1 lakh stamps.It means that indirect fee for proposal for commemorative stamp will be minimum 5 lakh Rs.It is unfortunate and will reduce interest in thematic philately which is growing globally.It seems that India Post donot want any participation of philatelists and common man in the process of releasing of stamps.It is a matter of serious concern for all philatelists as well as for members of philatelic advisory committee.Everybody wants to know that who is behind this illogical decision which will badly damage the peoples participation in philately.

Rules for issue of commemorative postage stamps by Department of Posts, Government of India.

The commemorative postage stamps issued by the Department of Posts, Govt. of India will be determined based on the following rules:-

1. Commemorative postage stamps will be issued on subjects that have a national or international stature or have made national/international contribution or impact or reflect national/international areas of concern.

2. The Annual Issue Programme shall reflect regional, cultural and ethnic balance.

3. Stamps  on a particular subject shall issue only  once,  except  thematic  such  as  wild life, environment, transport, flora fauna etc. or regular issues like Children’s Day, Season Greetings and sets on heritage, nature, culture, art, architecture etc.

4. Stamps shall be issued only on the apex institutions, not on branches of any institution or organization.

5. There shall be not over 50 issues (maximum 100 stamps) of commemorative stamps per annum.

6. Stamps on personalities shall not exceed 10% of the Annual Issue Programme.

7. The Union Minister incharge of the Ministry of Communications & IT may approve 5% of the Annual Issue Programme.

8. The date of issue shall be fixed by the  Philately Division keeping in view the significant dates relating to the subject and the availability of slots in the printing schedule.

9. Dates of issue once fixed shall not be changed.  A proponent may hold a presentation function on any day on or after the date of issue.

10. Proposals may be sent by any citizen of India.

11. Proposals should be sent at least two  years in advance for consideration by the Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) and approval by the competent authority.

12. Proposals must be submitted in the format available on

13. Proposals will be considered and recommended/not recommended by the PAC.  They will not be carried forward for the next PAC meeting.

14. Proponents shall follow the protocol for release functions.

15. The Department of Posts will decide  the subject matters, prohibited subjects renewal of philatelic products, procedure for proposal consideration and issue/release of a stamp, period of sale of commemorative/special stamps  and for definitive stamps and postal stationery.  It will also determine issue policy, withdrawal policy and archival policy.

16. The denominations of postage stamps shall be in consonance with domestic and international postal tariffs.

17. The personalities on whom commemorative stamp may be issued should be of national or international importance.  The occasion to be commemorated must be the birth centenary or 10th /25th /50th /100th death anniversary.  No stamp will be issued sooner than ten years after an individual’s death.  A commemorative stamp shall be issued in honour of the head of State on his/her first death anniversary.

18. A stamp on an institution, building, monument etc. may be issued on its centenary/125th anniversary/ 150th anniversary etc.  The building, institution to be so honoured must be Heritage site of national/international importance or site recognized by ASI of national/international importance.  Building of regional importance may be commemorated with  issue of special cover with special cancellation.

19. At  least  25%  of  the  stamps  issued  in  a  year  will  be  on  popular  themes  like  flora, fauna, culture, heritage etc.

20. Proponents for the stamps relating to institutions/events/large organisations are required to make a mandatory purchase of a minimum number of 1 lakh stamps and the requisite philatelic ancillaries.

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4 Responses to India Post\’s 20 Point Programme for Releasing Stamps


    Let IndiaPost not issue even 25 stamps per year. But if they stick
    to not more than 10% personality stamps rule- Rejoice & Celebrate.
    But what internal measure or some external govt. ministry can PULL
    their ears hard if IndiaPost decides not to follow their own guidelines/
    rules?? What officials can be held answerable??
    Where is the credibility of such multi-point programmes ? GOI pronouncements are unfortunately so unreliable & untrustworthy!!
    Hope, these 20 points do not end up being just another joke on
    stamp lovers.

  2. Ujwala says:

    The DoP, in its reply, to RTI philatelists Subhash Agrawal, mentioned that there were no “statutory rules” for issuing the stamps. There were just “broad guidelines” issued by the Department in this regard. In view of authority there was no violation of rules. More reading at- Flouting norms on issuing stamps for political gain? – Times Of India and When politics stamp out rules [

  3. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    Then will the binding of rule 20, for compulsive purchase of a lakh proposed stamps is legal and can a set of ‘non-statutory‘ rules make compulsion? I see a path of relaxing the condition of rule 20 for national interest in public cause at least, particularly when these set of rules are not obeyed in many cases then by the authority themselves. e.g. whether you observe the10 year embargo, or it is about number issues on personality stamps, or proposals from the evaluators. Is Rule 16 is relevant when denomination of Rupees 100 is used.
    Rule 20 is challengeable in case of Rajguru issue [India Post took 6 years to Recognize Rajguru’s Heroics].


    Where is the fine-print that allows India Post not to follow
    their own rule-book. It just might be a guide-book masquerading
    as a Rule-Book. The faceless ‘aothorities’ know best & can
    not be called in to answer?
    Can you force a Banker to give you a loan??

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