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Special covers on forts in Pune by GPO

The GPO does a series on certain subjects which can be sustained for a year with a special cover being introduced every month

pune Updated: Jun 29, 2017 14:35 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
The general post office in Pune offers many additional services.
The general post office in Pune offers many additional services. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

A special cover on Rajgad fort will be released on June 30 by the general post office (GPO) in Pune. This will be the sixth in the series of special covers covering the forts of Maharashtra. “We wanted to do a series on certain subjects which can be sustained for a year with a special cover being introduced every month,” said Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, post master general. This year we thought of showcasing the forts of Pune region which includes Solapur, Satara , Ahmednagar and Pune, he added.

The covers depict photographs of Shivneri, Torna, Purandar, Sinhagad and Ahmednagar fort. “We have a number of famous forts with a lot of interesting historical stories related to them. We thought it would be a good subject for a story. Each region makes its specific design. The study begins about a month or two before and reference books are used for explanation of the subject. It is then photographed and complied into a design for the special cover. These covers are special edition and the cost starts from ₹15,” he said. 

The general post office is used not just for sending and receiving letters, but it has many additional services. Besides special covers and Adhaar updation, it even runs a mobile post service for the Wari
The general post office can be utilised for various services like cash transfer, data transfer and advertising. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT)
Advertising Media post helps you advertise your product by printing your logo or messages on postal stationery
Data transfer The general post office offers a service of electronic transmission of data through their dedicated VSAT network
Cash transfer Corporate money order service involves special transfer of your cash across the country within no time from the GPO
Special cards The general post office offers greeting cards for all occasions with pre printed postage stamps on envelopes
Passport service With the speed post, the distance between obtaining the application form for the passport or submitting it has been reduced in large populated areas

The other initiative, which began last year, is the Pandharichi wari mobile post office. This received good response with a sale of over five lakh. This year, too, this mobile post office hopes to break even. “We get daily reports of the response from our staff travelling with it. The idea behind this mobile post office was to help facilitate communication among the warkaris. This mobile post office will travel with them and reach Pandharpur on July 4,” said Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar. 

“The warkaris will be able to post ordinary letters, registered letters, speed post letters at this mobile post office. The pilgrims can also avail money order service during this procession. Relatives of the devotees from all over India can send money order through any post office addressed to Alandi Devachi post office. So far, we have sold 700 sets of the special Saint postcards which are priced at ₹50 for a set,” added Sawaleshwarkar. 

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 14:35 IST