WHAT IS A STANDING ORDER? (Deposit account)
Stamps are released on various dates according to the annual stamp program. Often, it may not be possible to keep track of new releases. It may also happen that some of the popular issues may be sold out soon after receipt. This may lead to disappointment for many collectors since as per convention philatelic stamps are never reprinted. To avoid these difficulties and make stamp collecting hassle free, standing order facility has been introduced.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When you become a standing order account holder, every time there is a new release, philatelic material as per your order will be reserved for you and will be dispatched to you every month by registered post. All you have to do is fill up the application form along with the payment. You can subscribe this on behalf of someone else too and surprise him/her.
They are introducing e-version of this service. Extremely useful for collectors (there are a lot of them). I think you can also get normal stamps delivered to your location based on certain time intervals like each month.
You can also use stamps to book Speed Post or Registered articles. I usually buy few sheets of stamps together. Whenever I want to send documents through Registered Letter/Speed Post, all I do is paste the stamps on the envelope and hand over at post office. Saves me from the burden of carrying change.
Stamp is a mode of payment. Not an alternative to the tracking stickers. They will paste the sticker and give you a receipt copy as usual. This is just done to save the hassle of carrying coins. This is a common practice. At least in this area. We always have shortage of coins.
Retail customers can pay postage for availing the services either in the form of postage stamps or Cash or through franking.
I spoke with a senior staff of DOP , Tech department . It will take few months for those features to start rolling out. As of now, it's in Mysuru district of Karnataka only. It will be rolled out in a phased manner to surrounding districts in coming days and then nation wide roll out. They have to change all softwares in Post Offices. Then everything will be done online. Just like on demand courier services / FedEx. Online payments for booking articles.
Everything will be done and managed by Tata Consultancy Services. ------
They have updated the website. Confirms my previous post.