Complete Set of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the International Year of the Child (IYC), proclaimed in 1979 by United Nations : Happy Child – Nation‘s Pride :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 5, 1979
Issued for : The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department feels privileged to issue a set of two stamps of 100 Paise and 25 Paise in March, 1979 to mark the observance of the International Year of the Child.
The P & T Department is grateful to Shri Kanu Gandhi for copyright permission to use the photograph showing Gandhiji with a child on 25 P. Stamp.
Description of Design : The stamp in 25 Paise denomination depicts Mahatma Gandhi with a child and alongside is the Indian Symbol of the International Year of the Child. The stamp in 100 Paise denomination features the Indian Symbol of the International Year of the Child. Both the stamps carry the special slogan adopted by India for the occasion: “HAPPY CHILD — NATION’S PRIDE”.
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Denomination : 25 & 100 Paise
25 P. – Brown and Orange
100 P. – Ochre and Brown
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 X 13
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Number printed :
25 P. – 50,00,000
100 P. – 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
- The United Nations had declared 1979 as the International Year of the Child. India had played a significant role in the efforts that culminated in the U.N. resolution declaring the IYC. The year was observed throughout the country through advocacy and action programmes, directed towards the welfare of children.
- With a view to giving high powered policy direction to the observance of the International Year of the Child, the National Children’s Board, headed by the Prime Minister, was functioning as the National Commission for the International Year of the Child.
- The National Children’s Board had approved a National Plan of Action for the International Year of the Child. The Plan envisaged programmes in the fields of child health and nutrition, education, social welfare, legislation, publicity and fund raising. It also laid down operational guidelines that specify the role of Central Government, State Governments and Voluntary Organisations in the implementation of the action programme.
- The theme of the National Plan of Action was “Reaching the Deprived Child” signifying that special emphasis in the year 1979 was to ameliorate the condition of children of weaker sections of society, viz., scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other poverty groups located in urban slums and rural areas.
- During the International Year of the Child it would be the endeavour of the Government to promote all-round healthy development of the child and a happy family life as the foundation for a bright future for the Child and Nation.
- India had adopted a special slogan ‘Happy Child – Nation’s Pride‘ in English and ‘बच्चे की मुस्कान – राष्ट्र की शान‘ in Hindi for the International Year of the Child. The special symbol adopted for the year depicts a boy and a girl with a sun and a slate. The sun signifies health and strength. The slate stands for the importance of education for the future of children.
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