By Dinbandhu Mahapatra and Anurag
A tentative stamp issue proramme for releasing of stamps in 2012 was in discussion among philatelists of India.According to sources this list was circulated by India Post among members of Philatelic Advisory committee for their information and views. It was an official document which was served to philatelic media (not philamirror) by some over enthusiastic member of the committee. India Post has officially not issued any release programme for 2012 so far. Delay in releasing the stamp issue programme is giving a chance to dealers to play in the market according to their convenience .If the tentative list is final than one more controversy will create because it is violating India Posts own rules for issuing commemorative stamps. India Post released its policy on issuing stamps last year and according to it no postage stamp will be released before 10th Birth or Death Anniversary of any person except head of the state.In the tentative list few such names were included. According to policy not more than 10% stamps will be issued on personalities but tentative list is showing more than 20% stamps on personalities.No issue can be seen in this list for Olympic 2012 and it can be seen that some leftover from last year\’s many times changed list is included here.
From the tentative list it is clear that first four issues have most accurately followed the prediction which is not yet available in India Post website.