Those who’ve been used to send postcards or letters with stamps of small denominations have been coming away disappointed from post offices in the city.
Regular users have complained of a severe shortage of postcards and stamps of small denominations in many districts in the State for over a fortnight.
Though officials did not want to say anything on record, they told privately that stamps of small denominations from 25 paise to Rs.4 had been on short supply. “The organisations which send periodicals, magazines and correspondences through book post, which need these stamps, have been badly affected,” a stamp vendor at a city post office said here on Saturday.
Many religious institutions and associations which have regular discourses have been communicating their schedules through postcards which had been an inexpensive way for them to reach out.
The sudden “non-availability” of these items without any valid reason irked the users. “I visit post office almost daily and the staff have a stock reply that there is no stock of postcards,” said Balakrishnan, working for a city college.
“Students who want to register for different examinations and institutions which want to send details regarding them are the ones who will need postcards now since the festive season is over,” said a postal department official.
Senior officials from the postal department say that while the supply of postcards and stamps comes from Chennai, the reason for the shortage still remains unknown.
“The supply of stamps is based on the indents we send each year according to our requirements,” a postmaster from the city said.
“The supply has been erratic only for the past two weeks. We have never had long periods of no supply and small quantities of postcards and stamps are sent on a weekly basis, which takes care of the demand in the post offices”, he explained.
Stamps of small denominations in short supply
Those who use book-post will be affected