Tuesday, October 9, 2012

For 12 days, make your own postal mark

Dear Comrades,

As part of the celebration of the National Postal Week, the General Post Office (GPO) is allowing the ‘My Stamp’ facility starting Tuesday, October 9. The unique initiative in which customers can create a stamp using his or her own photo printed on readymade templates the post office will provide is available till October 21, from 10am to 6pm.

The Department of Posts had introduced My Stamp for the first time at the World Philatelic Exhibition in New Delhi in February 2011. Seventeen designs for My Stamp have been approved by Postal Directorate for My Stamps. This includes the 12 sun signs or the signs of the Zodiac, besides the Taj Mahal, wildlife, train engine, pancharatna (gemstones) and aircraft. 

“Only 11 designs are being made available in Pune which includes nine sun signs (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra and Sagittarius), with Panchatantra and wildlife,” said RK Jayabhaye, Director Postal Services. 

The sheet of My Stamp costs Rs 300. A sheet will have 12 stamps. The customer can choose any design. “A photographer arranged by the Department of Posts will take the customer’s photograph. The photograph will be printed alongside the stamp of the chosen design. The customer can collect the sheet at a given date & time or the sheet will be sent to his/her postal address by Speed Post, for which extra speed post charges are to be paid by the customer,” said Jayabhaye. 

A recent success of India Post is WorldNet Express introduced in 2008. WorldNet Express is a premium international air express service launched by India Post that enables customers to send documents and articles from select post offices across India to more than 220 countries and 1,20,000 destinations across the world. 

“This has been a huge success. It’s a door-to-door service and depending upon destination, the delivery time (subject to customs clearance) typically ranges from 2 to 4 working days anywhere across the world. Customers can track and trace shipments from pick-up to delivery through websites,” said Jayabhaye. In Pune, 20 post offices provide this facility. 

Indian Express
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