Topic for Debate :
Compulsion imposed by INPEX 2013 for the new entrant/participants to be members of PCI or the society they represent to be the member of the PCI ?? If they are not the member of the affiliated society, they are not eligible to participate in this National Exhibition. There are many philatelists who are not member of any society how can they participate ? Is it justified ??
Col J Dutta (Retd.) - Pune
This is the standard practice in all nations and being implemented for the first time in India.
I see nothing wrong in this. I know there is always a resistance to change and the fact that
probably the only person to support this in this Forum.
Ajay Kumar Mittal - New Delhi
Yes it is required. The reasons comes to my mind are as below
1. Being a member the exhibitor will have some experience and that will help him to know the
rules and regulations of Exhibiting.
2. It is required to maintain the quality of exhibits at National Level.
3. At state or regional level it is ok for the new participants but at National the exhibitor
should have qualifying medal at state level and member of National Federation.
4. Normally entry for new exhibits is allowed only in exceptional cases where state level
exhibitions are not held since long therefore exhibitor was unable to obtain the qualifying medal
for National Level. In such cases if anyone is a member of Philatelic society which is affiliated
with National Federation and senior member of the Society should certify that he had
seen the exhibit and is of standard to participate in National Exhibition.
5. For participating in any international it is required to be a member of a National Federation.
6. If anyone, who is not a member of PCI or any of its member societies, wins a qualifying medal
he will not be able to participate in the International exhibition.
7. This rule is applicable even in all games at par. See Hockey, Cricket, Boxing or any games of Olympics or Asian Games.
I hope that my point of view is clear with above reasons.
Dr Avinash B. Jagtap - Binningen (Switzerland)