This might just revive the dying art of letter writing.On `World Tourism Day’ on Sunday, the department of posts, which operates under the country’s central postal department `India Post’, will initiate the scheme `My Stamp’ at Hawa Mahal in the city of Jaipur.Philately enthusiasts and tourists would now be able to capture their image against the iconic Hawa Mahal and stamp their letters with their picture on a commemorative stamp.
“The government of India scheme My Stamp was launched in 2011 in Maharashtra and it received a stupendous response. Considering that, we launched it in other states. Now we will launch it in Jaipur at Hawa Mahal on Sunday (World Tourism Day). We would be putting up a counter at Hawa Mahal on Sunday onwards where customers can take a photo on the spot,“ said Dinesh Kumar Mistry, senior superintendent of post offices, Jaipur city division.
`My Stamp’ is the brand name for personalised sheets of postage stamps of India Post. A thumbnail photograph of the tourist, images and logos of institutions, or images of artwork, heritage buildings, famous tourist places, historical cities, wildlife, other animals and birds etc, can be printed alongside the selected commemorative postage stamp. This facility will now be available to Jaipurites on a regular basis throughout the year.
All that a customer would have to do is submit a `My Stamp’ order form duly signed indicating the choice of stamps from the available stamp sheetlets. “A tourist would have to produce an ID proof issued by government authority. For a stamp sheet of twelve stamps, he would need to pay Rs 60,“ said Mistry.
But a person wishing to get `My Stamp’ can alternatively also either get his photograph clicked at the counter or handover the same in a softcopy or hardcopy. These photos can be of their relatives, friends, family, logo, symbol, images of artwork, heritage buildings, historical cities, wildlife, or any other animals and birds etc, subject to such images not being of offensive nature in any way.
“Since we had the Hawa Mahal theme already available with us, we launched it with this monument. Once we see the response here, we would also extend the service to Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar. We have already sent our proposal for Amber Fort theme sheets to Nasik Security Paper Mill where these sheets are printed. It’s only a matter of time when we provide this service there,“ said Mistry.(TOI)