The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denominations of Rs. 35.00 to markthe Golden Jubilee commemoration of the Philatelic Bureau, on 8th November, 2017.
|Date of Issue:||8th November 2017|
|Stamp Size:||Diameter 29mm|
|Sheet Composition:||20 stamps per sheet|
The Philatelic Bureau of Sri Lanka was established in the early half of 1967 by a Special Act of Parliament and at the beginning it was under the control of the Postmaster General and the Director of Telecommunications.
The first Advisory Board meeting of the Philatelic Bureau of Sri Lanka was held on October 01, 1967 presided over by the Chairman of the Advisory Board, the Postmaster General and the Director of Telecommunications, Mr A. Lloyd Perera. The other Members of the Committee were Messrs S. Sittampalam, Commissioner of Inland Revenue; G.L.W. Amarasekera, Assistant Director, Economic Affairs of the General Treasury and B. Neville F. Mendis, Superintendent of Posts, Secretary to the Advisory Committee.
Matters such as the future activities of the Philatelic Bureau, the appointment of a Director for that purpose and the provision of office facilities were discussed at this meeting.
As per the decision taken at that discussion, functions of the Philatelic Bureau were commenced in the Record room of the Postmaster General's Office situated in the General Post Office building in Colombo. This Section had been housed just beyond the stamp counter of the General Post Office.
However, within a short period of time, steps were taken to shift the Postmaster General's Office and the Record room along with the Philatelic Bureau from the General Post Office and to house them at the Central Telecommunications Office.
At that time one Mr.HidellaArachchi had functioned as the first Director of the Philatelic Bureau and functions such as the design and printing of stamps which were till then performed by the Department of Inland Revenue were taken under the Philatelic Bureau.
Before long, the Philatelic Bureau was shifted to the fourth floor of the Ceylinco Building in Colombo Fort and Mr. P. Kulatilake, Attorney-at-Law, was appointed its Director.
By that time the composition of the external members of the Advisory Board of the Philatelic Bureau was as follows:
The Philatelic Bureau recorded a vast improvement under the guidance of Mr.Kulathilake and during that period many steps were taken to promote stamps of Sri Lanka among Sri Lankan as well as foreign stamp enthusiasts. Action was also taken to appoint two agents of stamps for the sale of Sri Lankan stamps in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Mr.Kulathilake held the office of Director of the Philatelic Bureau for a long period and after him no permanent Director had been appointed for quite a long time.
The Philatelic Bureau which had been functioning at the Ceylinco Building was subsequently shifted to the Central Post Office of Colombo and from there to the Moors' Islamic Cultural Hall and in 2005 to the Postal Headquarters building at D.R. WijewardhaneMawatha
Today, the Postal Museum and Stamps Exhibition Centre too are functioning under the Philatelic Bureau. With the hobby of collecting stamps being popular in the island, the services of the Philatelic Bureau too have been expanded to a great extent.
At present, the following are the main functions of the Philatelic Bureau:
In view of the above functions, a comprehensive progamme has been launched by the Philatelic Bureau and to assist such action, a Divisional Philately PromotionOfficer has been attached to each Division of the Superintendent of Posts.
Mini Bureaus of the Philatelic Bureau have been established affiliated to Post Offices in a few areas which have received tourist attraction.
Facilities have been enhanced for local and foreign stamp enthusiasts to purchase stamps through standing orders along with added facilities to credit money to one's Standing Order Account and also to place orders for stamps on line via internet.
It has been established that there is a need for a secondary market for the promotion of the hobby of Philately in Sri Lanka through events such as the Colombo Stamp Show organized by the Philatelic Bureau about once in two months, with the participation of private stamp dealers.
Thus, in view of the above functions performed by the Philatelic Bureau it can be stated that it performs a task which is not second to that performed by other Philatelic Bureaus in the advanced countries of the world.
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