Special Covers, a routine feature in India is not that popular in foreign countries. In the year 2012, by a known estimate more than 200 special covers were released with the approval of India Post from all corners of the Country. I doubt whether anyone can claim to have complete information about all the special covers released from all parts of the country. Though it is a good philatelic item at times very helpful in enriching the thematic collection of collectors, is often misused n badly exploited by few with the active connivance of High Echlons of India Post. Main culprit on this score is INDIA POST.There is no uniform policy n if at all there is any policy then it is more abused than used.
There is no common platform where information is made available regarding release of special cover. At times information regarding release of Special Cover is kept a CLOSE GUARDED SECRET that even BUREAU staff including Bureau Incharges is not aware n information is released after the cover is released through media. What a wonderful way to popularize PHILATELY?
There is no uniform policy regarding pricing of the special. Some circles are releasing at the price of Rs. 10/= which is normally a universally accepted price of a special cover in our country. It is flouted also vert conveniently by few Circles with ease. I can say if Bhubaneswar circle can release a beautiful n probably by all estimates the best n most beautiful special cover on 04.04.2012 on the theme of SOLAR POWER AND FLORICULTURE from SINGHIPUR, Bilaspur can release few covers on the occasion of BILASPEX all at the cost of Rs. 10/=, Hyderabad can also release at the same cost, Mumbai can do it, Delhi can do it then every one wonders why the cost increase many folds at times even 05 n goes up to 10 times in BIHAR. A special cover was released on 18th Jan from Bihar circle from Shri Harminder Sahib, Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara. Even most of the senior philatelists of the area barring one or two (from same family who always flaunt their proximity with INDIA POST high Officials of Patna Circle) were not aware of this development n few protested also but with no effect. The cost of the cover is Rs.50/= No doubt the cover is good, concept is good, design is good but there is scope of improvement. If more philatelists were consulted perhaps it would have added to the beauty of the cover which is of already beautiful. But no it was not done n the whole thing was treated as very top secret perhaps RAW/ CBI must take few tips as to how to keep a secret which should be popularized otherwise. Why the cost is so high? Any justification.