This Valentine, you can get your photograph printed on rose-scented postage stamps and send it to your beloved or the person you want to dedicate them to.
Imported from Germany, the special stamps are on sale in 13 general post offices across Jharkhand from Thursday.
“Jharkhand has been given altogether 1,000 rose scented postage stamps for this Valentine week. Anyone can get printed his/her picture on these stamps, which generally carry photos of national icons like Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. ‘My stamp’ is the brand name for an individual sheet of the postage stamp,” Jharkhand circle chief postmaster general Anil Kumar said.
Twelve pieces of the rose-fragranced postage stamps will cost Rs 500 while the same number of non-scented stamps will cost Rs 300. One has to buy a minimum of one sheet that has a dozen stamps.
Kumar said the objective behind such postage stamp is to make people’s relationships stronger and their gift memorable. “The fragrance on the stamp will last for 10 years and it can be used on envelopes, postcards or other postal correspondence,” Kumar said.
To get the stamps, one has to book it a day in advance.
“The person has to furnish his/her picture in post office a day before the stamp delivery. If one doesn’t have a picture, we will do it in the post office. The picture is scanned through a special device for embedding it on the rose scented stamp. There will be two roses on both sides of the picture,” Kumar said.
The postal department will verify the identity of a person before delivering the stamp to avoid its misuse. “We will allow for the stamp only after getting the identity proof of a person like Aadhaar, voter or other IDs,” Kumar said.
The special postage stamp is expected to be popular among the younger generation.
“This is really unique. This will make my Valentine’s Day memorable. I will book one such stamp today and send it to my girlfriend, who lives in Kolkata,” Anshuman Ratan, a second-year college student, said.