By Anil Kr Pujara
Gone are the days when a thought of Post Office will flash the memories of old, dilapidated building. bricks beaming out of plaster of walls,wooden tables with green coloured table cloth and wooden chairs tied with tables with ropeor chain. Big big ledgers and registers occupyingbig space on the table of Bare Babu who is performing his dutiesto the best of his knowledge n belief under the cool air sprinkeled by old fan moving in the same speed in which Kalam/Pen of Bare Babu moves.Under the \’Project Arrow\’ much has changed n much water has crossed the GANGES.New buildings have replaced the old houses in Distt Headquarters.Spanky new furniture has decorating the buildings.Computers are occupying the key position on the table tops of young boys/girls occupying the revolving/ wheelchairs. Air conditioners are making working conditions quite comfortable. Then why Philatelic Bureau Incharges at most of the bureaus are insensitive to the sensitivities of the Humblephilatelists/collectors n PDA a/c holders.Most of the Bureaus are not regular in sending the supply to the a/cholders.Some bureaus are sending the supply on half yearly basis, some are sending the supply on quarterly basis,where as some are sending the supply on Bi-monthly basis. Only few bureaus which are an exception are sending thesupply regularly on monthly basis.What is the logic behind different practices is beyond the imagination of commonPDAa/c holder.Why can\’t there be uniform practice/ system in supply of Philatelic material across the country whenEmployer is common for all.
Here are some suggestions for worthy India Post to consider if they really want Philately to survive n flourish. These are based on the interaction n feedback received over a period of time with different section of PDA a/c holders.
(1) There should be uniform A/C opening form for bureaus all over the country for opening the PDA a/c..
(2) There should be option to get each n every item being released by India Post or with the permission of India.Special covers release by any circle of India Post be sent to all Bureaus.
(3) Supply should be sent on monthly basis regularly. Auditors checking the stock of bureaus should be instructed to comment whether the supply in PDA a/cs is being sent or not.
(4) Stamps/MS should be placed in Rice Paper envelops to avoid their sticking with each other.
(5) Rice paper envelops of each n every size be provided to each bureau as is being done by few bureaus.
(6) Rice paper envelops be placed in plastic/polythene packs.
(7) These envelops be put in thick Air Bubble envelops to avoid the stamps getting cramped/ creased and envelops getting torn.
(8) Each envelop should have a clear/bold noting on the face of the envelop in big font indicating \’PHILATELIC MATERIAL. PLEASE DO NOT FOLD\’
(9) Bureau staff be specially trained/motivated in respect of cancellation of FDCs and Information Sheets.
(10) They should be advised/instructed not to fold the sheets/Sheetlets in any case.
(11) Air Bubble envelops of good qualit and each size be provided to all Bureaus.
(12) Last but not the least, Bureau Incharges be provided with sufficient manpower to assist them. They should not be saddled with miscellaneous assignments.