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Bihar sells stamps worth Rs 50 mn in a week

Bihar, which is set to recruit 234,000 teachers for its schools, has sold stamps worth Rs 50 million to aspirants.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 22:20 IST

Bihar, which is set to recruit 234,000 teachers for its schools, has sold stamps worth Rs 50 million to aspirants.

Each applicant for the job is required to buy two stamps of Rs 6 denomination. To enable the aspirants buy stamps the postal department opened the stamp counter on Sunday, a holiday.

Twenty-five-year-old Shekhar Singh had to stand in a queue for almost five hours to get a stamp. He is among the thousands of aspirants who have applied for the job.

"I couldn't get a stamp on Sunday, so I came in early on Monday," he said.

On an average, in Bihar, stamps worth Rs 20 million are sold annually. "If the sales continue like this we would have sold stamps worth Rs 20 million by the end of the month or the first week of September, the last date for filling forms," Anil Kumar, a senior postal department official said.

Over 2.5 million applications are expected because aspirants can submit more than one application in different districts.

Meanwhile some applicants claim that there has been a shortage of stamps.