A commemorative postage stamp on the Love and Care for the Elderly Grandparents :
Issued by India
Issued on May 24, 1988
Description of Design : The visual of the stamp depicts a child extending its arms to embrace elders with affection and love. The first day cover complements this theme with a shloka from Samanyaniti which brightens the sentiment. The design of the stamp, has been done by Ms. Neeta Verma of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. We also acknowledge the contribution made by the child artists Satyen Dave, Saba Khan, Anuja Choksi, Anand Pradhan, Jasnu and Bhargava Jashania in the preparation of the visuals used in the stamp. The cancellation represents the sun, depicting the status of elders with regard to the younger generation. The denomination of this stamp at 60 P. acquires added significance as it marks the age of 60 years. The designs of the first day cover and cancellation are prepared by Smt. Nenu Gupta.
Type : Block of 4 Stamps, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked adhesive Gravure coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 15,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The fortieth year of Independence constitutes an important milestone in the nation’s journey to redeem its pledge towards assuring justice and fulness of life to every man and woman. The thought which weighed uppermost in the mind of Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, on the attainment of political freedom, was the content of “our endeavour to bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease.“ The nation has made tremendous strides to redeem these pledges. The achievements have been monumental; the Green Revolution has ushered in an era of freedom from hunger. The country has built a strong industrial base, bringing it on to the threshold of a major breakthrough in the scientific and technological fields.
- The 40th anniversary also marks a watershed in the history of the nation. A new generation imbued with the spirit of resurgent nationalism has taken over the torch from the generation which preceded it and had links with the freedom struggle. This is therefore an appropriate time to look back and remember the services of our senior citizens and elders who made an invaluable contribution to consolidate the gains of political freedom, nurturing the democratic institutions and building the nation to achieve self-reliance. All worked for these goals whether they were within the Government or outside.
- During these years the Government has taken a number of measures to provide social security to the senior citizens and elders within the resources available. For those who retired from Government service, the pension structure has been rationalised, procedures have been streamlined and coverage of family pension scheme has been enlarged and extended. For the very old citizens without any means, the State Governments are providing old age pension. Family pension scheme under the Employee’s Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act has been liberalised. The nation salutes its elders and reaffirms the traditional values of “love and care for the elders“ while pledging to continue the effort with greater vigour to bring the benefits of development to every individual.
- Text Courtesy : Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.