Celebrities and national icons can now find immortality through postage stamps during their living years, if the government decides to end the decades long custom of honouring people only posthumously.
"We are considering a proposal to issue stamps on young achievers in various fields, who have made the nation proud. These personalities include Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Harbhajan Singh and Remo Fernandes among others," Shakeel Ahmad, Minister of State for Communication and IT, told PTI.
These people have achieved a lot in their life and this needs to be conveyed to the youth to encourage them, as well as promote philately.
"Stamp collection is not merely a hobby. It teaches about our culture, civilisation and important happenings within our country and outside," the minister said, adding that this would also give the much-required revenue to the postal department.
He, however, said that there was no custom hitherto to issue stamps on living persons. "It is very rare and exceptional... We are debating on this in the ministry and we expect to take a decision on this soon," he said.
Asked if any amendment was required in the Postal Act to issue stamps on living personalities, he replied in the negative.
"No amendment is required in the Postal Act. We just need to take a decision. I have written a note to (Communication and IT) Minister A Raja suggesting this," he said.