A domestic philatelic deposit account (PDA) system was introduced with effect from 1.8.1965 at all philatelic bureau in India. The customers who wish to take advantage of this facility are supplied with the commemorative/special issues of stamps; first day covers (FDCs); information sheets and new postal stationery soon after their issue. Domestic philatelic account holders can also obtain philatelic items issued by other philatelic bureau and post offices by placing their demands with the Bureau where their accounts stand.
Philatelic counters are functioning at all the Head Post Offices. The philatelic counter at offices other than philatelic bureau would offer registration facility for opening of philatelic deposit account with supply of the material to be made by the parent bureau of the respective counter with customers having the option to book from the counter of registration.
How to open a Philatelic Deposit Account:
If any one wishes to operate a Philatelic Deposit Account with the Philatelic Bureau, an application in the prescribed proforma may be sent to the Philatelic Bureau.
Conditions of Service: The account may be opened with a minimum deposit of Rs. 200/- in cash or by remittance by money order or by cheque/draft encashable in India. With the remittances the customers should also indicate clearly the types and quantities of philatelic items they desire to purchase with each issue of new stamp. The items indicated in the application form, will be dispatched to the customer automatically without any further order on the part of the customer.
Mode of dispatch and charges for dispatch of philatelic items:
The items will be dispatched free “on postal service” by registered post unless the customer specifically desires that the items should be sent to him by insured post. The Philatelic Deposit Account holder may also collect these items after every issue, by calling at the counter of the philatelic bureau.