| A boy holds a My Stamp sheet at Meghdoot Bhawan on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 18: People can now send letters and postcards to their loved ones in a more customised manner by using postal stamps having their photographs that render a personal touch.
This has become possible with the philately department of the Guwahati post office making available the My Stamp facility.
A person can visit Meghdoot Bhawan in the city to avail this facility.
The process involves printing a person’s photograph using a stamp template. The photograph will be printed alongside a picture of one’s choice. A My Stamp sheet comprises 12 personalised stamps that can be availed for Rs 300.
“Every year, our philately department introduces new attractive stamps with different designs. But this time we have launched the My Stamp facility in the state through which people will be able to post letters and postcards to their friends and loved ones by using personalised stamps bearing their own photographs. They will also be able to select scenery or objects which will be printed alongside their photographs on the stamps. It will be used as a Rs 5 stamp while posting a letter or a postcard. We hope this will encourage the hobby of stamp collection among the young generation,” said T. Murthy, the chief postmaster-general of Assam circle.
Though the My Stamp printing facility is available only in Meghdoot Bhawan, it will not bar people staying in other districts of the state from accessing it. “A person living in another district can avail the My Stamp facility by giving an application for the service along with his photograph at the nearest post office. The application will be sent to Guwahati post office where a My Stamp sheet will be printed and delivered by post to the applicant. Once we start receiving a good response, we will extend this facility to other post offices in the state too,” Murthy said.
The postal department also has plans to introduce core banking solutions in 12 post offices, including the Guwahati post office, in the state as a pilot project to enable people, who hold post office savings accounts, to withdraw money using an ATM-like device from these selected post offices.
“Once the core banking solutions is introduced, a person having a postal life insurance policy or post office savings account in any post office will be able to check the status of his account as well as withdraw money at any part of the country using an ATM-like device. All he has to do is a visit to the nearest post office having this facility,” Murthy said.