Online stamp by Department of Posts Indian Posts Department has decided for online issue of postage stamps so that people may not have to visit post-offices. At the same time, some other measures are necessary to popularise postal-services which is facing a tough competition in present era of courier services. Idea of ‘My Stamp’ concept started at INDIPEX-2011 should be made a permanent feature but with certain modifications. Rather than selling stamps under ‘My Stamp’ at premium (rupees 150 for 12-stamp sheet of rupees five), these should be on face value on some minimum print-number. Scheme will motivate big users of postal-services (or even courier-services) to use the concept as advertising or sale-promotional strategy where even messages/advertisements may also be allowed to print in place of photos of those opting for personalised ‘My Stamp’ sheets. Moreover instead of having differential tariffs for local and non-local ‘Speed Post’ service which at present is rupees 12 and 25 respectively for first 50 gms, a common tariff of say rupees 15 per 50 gms weight-slab may be introduced. Both the suggestions of ‘My Stamp’ and unified ‘Speed Post’ tariff if simultaneously introduced, will make users of courier-services diverted back to postal-service with a ensured and reliable service.
—MADHU AGRAWAL, 1775 Kucha Lattushah, Delhi- 110 006