Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) reconstituted.

A philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) functions in the Department of Posts to advise the Government about the issue of Commemorative/Special Postage Stamps and other allied matters of philately including formulation of guidelines for issue of such stamps to ensure philatelic value of the stamps when issued. It is a recommendatory body. The terms of each non-official member of this committee is for a period of two years from the date of issue of the notification, or until further orders, whichever is earlier. It functions under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOC & IT. This committee comprises official members from the Department of Posts, Department of Economic Affairs and certain non-official members who are selected by a set procedure. They comprise Members of Parliament, eminent philatelists and prominent personalities from the fields of Art and Culture.
New Philatelic Advisory Committee has been reconstituted by Government of India for the terms of two years in the month of May 2015.
Shri Babul Dey, an artist and philatelist from Kolkata has been selected as the committee member of Philatelic Advisory Committee this year. Shri Dey is younger brother of renowned philatelist Shri Depok Dey of Kolkata.
Born in a Bengali cultural family on 20th January 1958 Shri Babul Dey has obtained Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Calcutta University. He studied painting under the guidance of Prof. Chittaranjan Das and elder brother Dipok Dey. By profession Shri Babul Dey is an Artist and have exhibited paintings in various shows and has won several Gold medals in Art Competitions. He is a founder member and Secretary of an art society - Fourth Dimension. He is regularly contributing articles on Art to the journals of repute. He is compiler, editor and author of 16 books in English and Bengali. He is an avid collector of rare books. He has wide ranging interests, especially about history of Indian art and culture and philately. Shri Dey was closely associated with India’s foremost Philatelic magazine ‘Stamps World’, edited by Dipok Dey (now ceased publication). He is founder member of Bharatiya Daktikit Sangstha, Kolkata. He has participated in several philatelic exhibitions and has contributed articles on philately to various journals. He has also designed many special covers and cancellations for various exhibitions and events. Shri Babul Dey has designed the book ‘Rabindranath Tagore and the Post Office: A Philatelic Tribute’, edited by Shri Dipok Dey.
List of Philatelic Advisory Committee Members:
Chairman: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad (Minister of Communications & IT, New Delhi)
Vice Chairman: Ms. Kavery Banerjee (Secretary, Dept. of Posts, New Delhi)

Official Members:
1. Shri S. K. Sinha (Member, HRD, Dept. of Posts, New Delhi)
2. Ms. Saroj Punjani (Jt. Secretary & Financial Advisor, Dept. of Posts, New Delhi)
3. Shri Vineet Pandey (Chief General Manager, BD & Mktg. Directorate, Dept. Of Posts, New Delhi)
4. Shri Saurabh Garg (Joint Secretary, Currency & Investment, Dept. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi)
Non-Official Members:
5. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, New Delhi)
6. Shri Anil Madhav Dave (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, New Delhi)
7. Ms. Geeta Chandran (Natya Vriksha, New Delhi)
8. Ms. Mahashweta Maharath (Patna)
9. Shri Deepak Sharma (CEO, Linkage Technologies, Bhopal)
10. Ms. Vijayalakshmi Vijayakumar (Bengaluru)
11. Prof. Amar Nath Sinha (Patna)
12. Shri Babul Dey (Artist & Philatelist, Kolkata)
13. Shri Sudhir Tailang (Delhi)
14. Shri Ruskin Bond (Mussoorie)
15. Shri Kapil Dev (New Delhi)
16. Shri K. Nalla Tambi (Bengaluru)
17. Dr. Rakesh Sinha (Mumbai)
18. Shri Bindheshwar Pathak (Sulabh Sanitation & Social Reform Movement, New Delhi)
19. Shri Satya Narayan (Patna)
20. Ms. Parineeta Bagga (New Delhi)
21. Shri Bimal Kumar Jain (Patna)
22. Dr. P. L. Chaturvedi
23. Prof. Satish Chandra Mittal (Saharanpur)
24. Shri Dilip Shah (President, Philatelic Congress of India, Jabalpur)
Member Secretary                                                                   
25. Ms. Anula Kumar (Deputy Director General, Philately, Dept. of Posts, New Delhi)

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