Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Time to get your photo on postage stamp but not many step up

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Posted: August 13, 2014 3:22 am | Updated: August 13, 2014 3:23 am

There do not seem to be many takers in the city for the ‘My Stamp’ scheme of India Post, under which people can get a stamp made with their own thumb-sized photograph printed on it.

Although proposed in 2012, the scheme was started here in June. So far, only 25 persons have applied to buy personalised stamps which are in the denomination of Rs 5, and can be used as postage for any postal communication, but people usually buy these for personal collections.

At present, the facility is available at the Sector 17 Post Office, but officials say there are plans to equip all other post offices with printers and scanners to facilitate making of such stamps.

Most of those who have applied for personalised postage stamps so far are parents who wanted to get the pictures of their children on the stamps.

“Although we have received some applications from elderly people, most applications are for children aged 1 to 10. We have not received any application from a teenager or a youngster,” says an official at the Philately Bureau in Sector 17.

For getting personalised stamps, people have to fill out a form, which is available free of cost at GPO, and submit their passport size photograph, along with ID proof. A sheet of 12 stamps costs Rs 300.

Senior Post Master Narender Kumar says the stamps are delivered within a week by post. If the application and the photo are submitted on a pendrive, the stamps can be provided within an hour. The person willing to get the stamp made could choose any of the four backgrounds available: lilly, dahlia, pansy and cineraria flowers.

Kirti Ahluwalia placed an order for customised stamps for her daughter who will turn one next month. She says, “Getting customised stamps with my daughter’s picture will be memorable for all of us. I plan to send birthday invitation cards along with these stamps.”

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