By Anil Kr Pujara
Month of April is coming to an end.4 months out of12 months of2012 are about to go. Stamp issue programme for the year 2012 of India Post for the year 2012 is yet to see the light of the day. Enough is written about it n enough is discussed in the Philatelic circles but our Great India Post is yet to come out of slumber. What stamps will finally get released in the year 2012 is a big guess for everyone as postponement n rescheduling of release of stamps is order of the day/ routine affair for India Post.
What has happened is no lessto. Stamp of Shayam Charan Shukla scheduled, rescheduled n finally preponed is ultimately released. Its fdc of 17.02.2012 bearing the cancellation of Ajmer n Ranchi Bureau are openly available in the market.Stamp of I.T.College Lucknow is rescheduled n finally when released, its FDC is defective. Marking \’FIRST DAY COVER, PRATHAM DIWAS AAVRAN\’.
In the end of December 2011, I received monthly bulletin of New Zealand Post. What delighted me most was a small pocket size calendar of 2012 in side the monthly routine bulletin. Initially, I did not pay much attention to it but after couple of days passed , one day I was looking at it n found that Stamp Issue schedule was given on it with dates of probable issue clearly, boldly n conspicuously encircled in each month for the whole year.
A country much smaller in size n resources the India can plan, decide n publish the stamp issue programme for year2012 in 2011 itself n circulate, but Giant organization like India Post is still undecided what to do in 2012. Its indecisiveness is the root cause of premature issue of stamps from some corners of the country which ultimately forces us to hang our heads with shame in the international community.Crores of tax payers hard earned money must have been wasted in organizing International Exhibitions, State Level Exhibitions n finally Distt Level exhibitions in the name of promoting Philately but actually has Philatelic been really promoted or only coffers of few have only got promoted in turn from ill gotten easy money made by procuring false/fabricated bills of expenditure incurred in the name of holding these exhibitions. The future of philately is whether safe or not is also an issue of concern. State like Jammu n Kashmir is issuing basketful of Philatelic Products, North East circle issued cancelled special covers first without stamp then on request cancelled with stamps, cancellation having no relevance with the theme of cover.Distt level exhibition held at MuzzafarPur in the State of Bihar is felicitated by releasing two spl covers but the quality of cancellation is so horrible, one really feels pity on himself for choosing Philately as a Hobby. Is there anybody in India Post to spare few minutes to pay attention to this King Of Hobbys n Hobby of King n release stamp issue Programm for2012 n rationalize release of Special covers n lay down inform policy on the subject when Indian Post is one organization from Kashmir to KanyaKumari covering whole of India. What is PAC doing which has just PERMANENTLY N ACTUALLY CONFUSED body n needs revamping/overhauling?