By Anil Kr Pujara
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?