Indian Philatelic Exhibitions: Waste of Tax Payers Money

By Anil Kr Pujara

\"philatelic April has started. New financial year has come. All circles of India Post were in race to finish the Budget by 31st March n hold/organize Philatelic Exhibitions. The last minute effort to exhaust the fund/ budget by 31st March made the officials entrusted with the job of promoting philately somehow ensure that the complete funds are exhausted  well with in the time frame. Exercise starts to exhaust the funds. Brain storming sessions start to exhaust the fund. All efforts are put that no penny should be left unspent on the contrary over spending is encouraged so that next financial brings more funds, recently one such philatelic exhibition was organized in Chandigarh. I am at Chandigarh also got a chance to visit the exhibition.

It was organized in the passage of some department in remote corner of Punjab Universitry. No Publicity was given in the local media or press that any such event is going to be organized. Committees were formed n formalities were observed n even minutes also must have been recorded because of RTI. The space was not enough to accommodate the exhibits even. Perhaps authorities concerned knew very few will come n visit the exhibition. Perhaps the authorities concerned never wanted that many should come. Any way their objective was achieved as few only visited.

Last day ceremonial n procedural closure took place as expensive shawls were gifted by officials of DoP to each other by each other. Ceremonial gifts were also given as prizes to participants ()?). Proposal to release spl cover or cancellation was not accepted on the plea that time is short. What these authorities were doing throughout the major part of the year n why they were waiting the March to come is beyond the comprehension of many.

This is not the case Chandigarh only. Most of the circles play the same name game. Do as philatelist or as tax payer have a right to know how our hard earned money paid as Tax is whether well spent or well wasted?

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5 Responses to Indian Philatelic Exhibitions: Waste of Tax Payers Money

  1. Speaking of “Waste of Tax Payers Money” on Indian Philatelic Exhibitions (by USPS), I recall a comment by a wellknown Indian expert in this area who now lives in an European country, “Hemant, I regret wasting so much of hard earned resources on BUYING stamps to support my thematic presentatatons. And today, that whole thing has not only a negligible value, it is sitting somewhere in my household catching dust and I’ve no zeal to look for it despite my winning medals that have decorated few walls in the house. Need I touch on the subject of nightmares it all once gave?”

  2. …please correct (by USPS) to (by IPS) in the erlier text. Thanks!

    April 2, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Speaking of “Waste of Tax Payers Money” , I recall a comment by a wellknown Indian expert in this area who now lives in an European country, “Hemant, I regret wasting so much of hard earned resources on BUYING stamps to support my thematic presentatatons. And today, that whole thing has not only a negligible value, it is sitting somewhere in my household catching dust and I’ve no zeal to look for it despite my winning medals that have decorated few walls in the house. Need I touch on the subject of nightmares it all once gave?”

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  3. prakash bubkiya says:

    I AGREE WITH MR PUJARA’S VIEW
    THKS

  4. HP Singh says:

    I read the article of Mr Pujara regarding waste of Tax Payers money. I am fully agreed with him on this issue I want to share one more experience with you. Recently in the month of March, a state level exhibition was held in Jamshedpur. Though the venue was very suitable, centrally located and was very well decorated to attract the public. About seven dealer stalls from far away places were there. But the display was of just school level as we observed that there are hardly a couple of philatelist in Jharkhand who participated/visited this show. No advance media publicity was made though the show was announced very well in advance and information was sent to all circles. But visit was very low as there are no too many philatelist now. After leaving interest in philately due to old age, no body else is taking care to promote philately after Mr SS Basan the only eminent philatelist of Jharkhand. Money was lavishly spent on organizing stage shows of local singers and parties organized in star hotels and venue itself like in marriage functions. Excellent Lunch and dinners(buffet) with ice cream and one Sweet-dish even Pani poories, coffee were arranged on all days but for postal staff only, who were present in hundreds. No participating philatelist or visiting philatelist was allowed to take food in lunch and dinner. Only staff and nears & dears of higher officials were given food coupons and were given invitations of dinner at hotel. Jury enjoyed full respect After a lot of protest, dealers/stall holders were given lunch coupons only. Special covers were released which were sold at Rs 25/-per cover and carried cover at Rs 200/-. Higher officials themselves decided the price without consulting their rule book and restriction of 2 covers per person was imposed. However looking poor response, this restriction was removed later. Now one can judge how hard earned public money is utilized(wasted) in the name of promotion of philately. Bureau staff was not ready to sell any material after the close of exhibition even saying they were busy in making accounts of funds utilized.

  5. N.A. Mirza says:

    Mr. Anil Kumara Pujara has touched a very pertinent question and the authorities must answer. This is indeed an issue.

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