RTI: A Tool Being Misused by Dealers

 By Anil Kr Pujara

India has the distinction of being one of the few countries where any law made by the Govt ultimately lands in to the hands of those who are smart enough to outsmart the Govt. It\"\" ultimately defeats the purpose for which it is created n becomes the tool in the hands of few who use it for their benefit. Same is the fate of this law i.e. Right to Information Act. With all good n Nobel intentions, this law was enacted to cheque the misuse of power n also stop any wrong being done to any one. Further the very purpose was to create an atmosphere of awareness n fear in the minds of all to prevent any wrong doing. Surprisingly, it has been reliably learnt that some of our over smart dealers have devised a novel way n misusing it to make extra money. They file an RTI with the Philatelic Bureau n seek the information about the philatelic material/ stock lying in the bureau. On receipt of the information, they deposit the money n purchase the complete stock  n sell it on huge margins to innocent collectors. Again India Post is to be blamed. Why don’t they ensure that any unsold philatelic material is made available at the general counters for sale to the general public. Why crores of revenue is allowed to rot in the treasury? Many of the citizens who come across the commemorative stamps express their dismal shock. General public is not at all aware of the existence of any such like stamp. They make enquiry about the places where these stamps are sold. It appears some authorities in India Post do not want philately to be promoted n we will not be surprised if tomorrow it is unearthed that there is nexus behind the screen. Will India Post do something n come out of slumber?

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3 Responses to RTI: A Tool Being Misused by Dealers

  1. Kalesh Kumar S G says:

    This is a very serious matter. Thanks Anil ji for highlighting the issue. RTI is being abused accross the country to hamper the interests of genuine philatelists. Philately has become a big business in India and people are investing lakhs of rupees. There must be some law preventing bulk sale of philatelic items.

  2. Dinu says:

    Dear Mr. Pujara,
    your topic opened a new line of thinking for me. Being repeatedly pushed around (I am not a dealer a very new philatelist / collector – whatever you say) has long since planned to file an RTI.

    Dealer may buy leftover items – but what makes me aghast is the way theu store those. Many gets damaged eroding the available quantity for the new comers. It is like murdering some stamps

    Many like me seeing no option to start a theme knock on the door of dealer and have to pay very high price for stamps.

    I myself have seen how those are damaged. Even in many “so – called” Philatelic counters stamps as being murdered (folded, scriblling with ball pen on side of the sheets as well as on the envelope, handling those with dirty hand as well as wetting / licking the finger while counting them are most common) .

    Is it not a crime to Philately.

    How comes huge bulk purchase is allowed when epost is there with limitation of 5 stamps only.

    I just wonder how the booty is divided and where.

  3. RADHA KRISHNA MISHRA says:

    “Why don’t they ensure that any unsold philatelic material is made available at the general counters for sale to the general public. Why crores of revenue is allowed to rot in the treasury? Many of the citizens who come across the commemorative stamps express their dismal shock.”

    I have outed the lines of Mr. Pujara who has seen this area which only befits to GUNAHO KA DEVATA in the field of philately,a black face in philately.

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