The Department of Posts has decided to invite entries from citizens to design a postal stamp on the theme 'Vibrant India' to be launched on Republic Day in New Delhi.
"As per the directions of the Prime Minister, it has been decided to organise a 'Republic Day 2016 - Stamp Design Competition' at the national level. The entries with regard to the above competition will be received and judged by the Department of Posts headquarters at Delhi," a statement issued by the office of the Chief Postmaster General of Maharashtra and Goa circle said.
"The theme of the said contest is, 'Vibrant India' and the contest will be open to all citizens of India up to November 30, 2015. All rules to participate has been posted on India Posts' website," it said. There will be cash prize of Rs 10,000, Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,000 for the top three winning entries that would be unveiled on Republic Day (January 26).
While stipulating the rules for taking part in the contest, the department has said that the entries should be in original design and it could be in ink, water colour, oil colour or any other medium. But computer printed entries or printouts will not be entertained. However, participants would be free to use drawing paper, art paper or any other type of white paper of A4 size, it added.
It has also stipulated that the design of the entry should be on A4 size paper and visually appealing and it should be reached at ADG (Philately), Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi before November 30.