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.”
All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate.
The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in any manner.