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‘Sale of stamps on centenary of cinema ignores commoners’

The postal department has been accused of selling stamps to mark the centenary celebrations of the Indian cinema.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
November 1, 2013 3:21:14 am

The postal department has been accused of selling stamps to mark the centenary celebrations of the Indian cinema,with only philatelists in mind. Film lovers and common people feel left out from the sale,as authorities have made sale of a set of 50 stamps mandatory. Despite demand,stamps are not available for loose.

Released on May 3 in the form of a set of six miniature sheets as a tribute to the centenary of Indian Cinema,the stamps hit local philately bureaus recently.

Acclaimed actors Prithviraj Kapoor,Ashok Kumar,Durga Khote,Dev Anand,Mehmood and Ruby Myers,directors Bhalji Pendharkar,Hrishikesh Mukherjee,Nitin Bose,Tapan Sinha and Yash Chopra,and musicians Majrooh Sultanpuri,Naushad,R D Burman,O P Nayyar and Madan Mohan feature on the stamps.

“I wanted to buy around half-a-dozen stamps of Prithviraj Kapoor,but the postal department authorities refused to sell them in loose,” said aggrieved Sunita Malik.

Speaking with Newsline,local postal authorities said for the process of sale philatelic stamps on Indian cinema,like other philately stamps,preference would be given to professional philatelists. “We have more than 1,000 registered philatelists with us.

We would first cater to them,keeping with our tradition,” an official said.

In a first,50 commemorative stamps were released on a single occasion on mass popular theme – films. Movie aficionados have demanded that postal authorities give common people priority over philatelists.

“It is bizarre that postal authorities are not selling philately stamps in loose. The condition is definitely going to prove a dampener for several film lovers. It,in fact,defeats the purpose with which these stamps were released. These would not reach the masses,” said Priya Phadnis,a film lover.

Senior post-master with Pune head post office,H J Kakade,said he was ‘neck deep’ in issues ‘more important than sale of philately stamps’.

Post-It

* Film lovers and common people feel left out from the sale as authorities have made sale of a set of 50 stamps mandatory

* Despite demand,stamps are not available for loose

* 50 stamps were released on a single occasion

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