New Postal Rule to Curb Plea for Commemorative Stamps

\"\"HYDERABAD: Flooded with requests to release postage stamps of important personalities, institutions and events, the Department of Posts has decided that those who propose to bring out such a stamp would have to buy at least one lakh stamps hereafter. The idea is to bring down the number of such requests as well as raise the revenue for the department, said postal officials. Having made it mandatory across the country, it became applicable in Andhra Pradesh from November 1.

\"\"In future, once the proposer agrees to this clause, a committee set up for release of the stamps at national level will thoroughly examine the proposal and after which it will be cleared by the Ministry of Communications, a senior official at the India Post  told TOI. Apparently, many proposers bring political influence on the department and get the department agree to release a stamp in honour of the prominent individual or institution. A recent example was that of former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy\’s stamp.

The committee will give the green signal to print the stamps after the proposer gives his/her consent to purchase one lakh stamps. According to the rules, the postal department can print only a maximum of 100 commemorative stamps  per annum and of these, stamps on personalities shall not exceed 10% of the total quota.

As per the existing rules, in case of an individual, the occasion to be commemorated must be the birth centenary or 10th/ 25 th/ 50{+t} {+h}/100th death anniversary. A commemorative stamp will be issued in honour of the head of state on his/her first death anniversary. 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, said official.Many philatelists in the city welcomed the department\’s new decision on purchase of one lakh stamps. \”The new rule will lessen the number of proposals,\” a reputed philatelist in the city said.(Source-Times Of India)

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