Post office sees dip in philatelists


AmritsarPosted at: Aug 30, 2017, 1:25 AM; last updated: Aug 30, 2017, 1:25 AM (IST)

Rajesh Kumar, in-charge of the Philately Club, shows the collection of stamps to a customer in Amritsar on Tuesday. Sunil Kumar

Divya Sharma

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 29

The General Head Post Office has seen a dip in the number of philatelists, especially youngsters. The reason behind the dip is said to be an increase in the prices of postal stamps.
Recently, the prices of postal stamps have gone up from Rs 5 to Rs 25 per stamp. Earlier, the prices were as low as Rs 2. The postal authorities say the hobby of collecting stamps may fade away soon. They said the cause of concern is lack of youngsters who pick up the hobby.
The postal authorities said though the people having an account here were continuously visiting the head office, the present generation was least bothered about making an account at the post office.
Rajesh Kumar, in-charge, Philately Club, General Head Post Office, said, “There are many persons associated with us have been visiting the head office over the years. But the youngsters are not showing any interest. Though we go to schools to motivate students about the stamp collection, only interested ones come forward.”
Vijay Kumar, senior postmaster, General Post Office, (head office), said, “Youngsters are not showing much interest in the stamp collection these days. As per my understanding, internet and lack of practical utility of the hobby are deterring them to follow the hobby of stamp collection.”

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