Sachin Tendulkar Stamps Breached Postal Rules: RTI

\"sachinIn a reply to an RTI, the postal department has said that postal rules were breached while issuing commemorative postage stamps in Sachin Tendulkar\’s honour during his farewell series in November 2013.During Sachin Tendulkar\’s farewell series against the West Indies in November 2013, the Mumbai Cricket Association paid numerous tributes to the master blaster, one of which was to issue a commemorative postage stamp in legend\’s honour. Three months after the event, an RTI has exposed that the postal department broke its rules to produce the stamp in a hurry.

In an RTI filed by activist Subhash Aggarwal, it has been revealed that the commemorative stamp on Tendulkar, that was issued on November 14, 2013 was rushed through bypassing the postal rules. Aggarwal filed the RTI on December 24, 2013. According to rules, it takes more than 20 days to issue commemorative stamps and these kind of stamps are issued only 10 years after the death of the personality or in honour of head of nations, in exceptions. According to a report in the Times of India, both these rules were breached when Union minister and MCA president Sharad Pawar got the stamps issued within 20 days of the request sent by him.

\”The desired date of release of this proposed stamp was November 14, 2013 which was merely 20 days away and pre-production formalities of a stamp require a longer time for printing of a good quality stamp and its distribution nationwide on the date of release,\” said Rashi Sharma, director (Philately) & First Appellate Authority department, in reply to the RTI.

\”It would be relevant to mention here that as per the rule 13 of \’Rules for issue of Commemorative Postage Stamps,\’ no stamp will be issued on a living personality. The personalities on whom commemorative postage stamp may be issued should be of national or international importance. The occasion to be commemorated must be the birth centenary or 10th, 25th, and I00th death anniversary. Stamps can be issued no sooner than 10 years after an individual\’s death,\” she added.

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7 Responses to Sachin Tendulkar Stamps Breached Postal Rules: RTI

  1. Vijay Kumar Jain says:

    Same article can be seen on an other philatelic website. We don’t expect this from PhilaMirror .We expect fresh news from your site otherwise we have to say- It’s time to move on.

  2. prakash bubkiya says:

    R T I ,

  3. Dinu says:

    I am not defending this breach of rule anyway nor contradicting anyone’s view here.
    Just sharing one line of information
    Stamp was issued on 01.08.2011.
    K. M. Mathew (January 2, 1917 – August 1, 2010) was a former Chief Editor of leading Malayalam daily Malayala Manorama.


    India Post making money in the name of Sachin,
    huge, record-breaking hard cash, that too as quickly as
    possible. That is it.

    On the other hand, all this makes it the least collectible of all
    the commemorative issues done by India Post in the last
    30/40 years.

  5. Dinu says:

    The more I read the more I see

    One more
    Stamp issue date 01.08.2010 on SYED MOHAMMED ALI SHIHAB THANGAL
    “Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Ba-Alawi Al-Hussainy (May 4, 1936 – August 1, 2009) “.

    Are they same person??!!
    Blessed to have stamp within one year.


    This sickening trend of personalities issues has damaged
    the Indian Philatelic scene that is now beyond repair.

    Personally, I keep my FDCs on personalities away from
    that of other themes.

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