Candidates who want to appear in competitive examinations or apply for government jobs fear losing the opportunity as postal orders used to pay the application fee are not available at the city’s only post office.Postal orders of Rs 10 and Rs 20 denomination have been out of stock for over one month.
The postal orders are used to deposit fee for applying for a government job or to pay the application-cum-entrance fee for competitive examinations besides paying fee for applications filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Raj Kumar Sandhir, a social activist, said post stamps were also not available at the local post office. Only Rs 2 denomination stamps are available which take lot of time to affix these. Postmaster Sodhi Ram said the department was very much aware of the shortage.
The central store of Punjab circle of the postal department is located in Ludhiana while postal orders are printed at the Nasik security printing press.