Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamp on the Eye Donation & 100 Years of Service to the Blind :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 15, 1987
Description of Designs : The Stamp on Eye Donation has been designed by Shri Chaitanya Joshi. The Stamp on 100 years of service to the blind has been designed by Shri C. M. Pardesi. The first day cover is designed by Smt. Alka Sharma and the cancellation by Miss Nenu Bagga.
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 100 & 200 Paise
Stamps Printed : 15,00,000 each in sheets of 35
Printer : India Security Press
- LIGHT – God’s great gift – is denied to millions, often through ignorance or neglect. India today has approximately one-fourth of the total blind population of the world. The problem requires preventive, curative and supportive measures to tackle it. Undernourishment and insanitary health conditions have to be prevented.
- Among curable blindness is the one due to corneal opacity caused by nutritional (particularly Vitamin A) deficiency, injury, diseases or infections. The clouded cornea is removed and replaced by a healthy one taken from the eye of a recently deceased person by means of a relatively simple operation called enucleation. The cornea is supplied through an eye bank. Each donor brings light into two dark lives. There is, however, a paucity of donor eyes in India. Times Eye Research Foundation, founded in 1983 makes the process of pledging donation and acquiring donated eyes simpler. It also educates the public on the need for eye donation.
- Sometimes, however, human efforts fail. Into such lives hope comes from the Schools for Blind, which began first in Paris at the end of the 18th century. Louis Braille’s system of embossed reading and writing has lifted the burden of helplessness from the blind.
- The first school was established in India in 1887 at Amritsar. This year [i.e. 1987] completes a century of service to the blind. Bharti Braille, the all-India system of reading and writing, was accepted by the Government of India in 1951.
- The blind have kept pace with technological development, working at telephone operating, computer programming, electronic assembly and production of electronic items. Among other concessions, the government reserves posts for the blind. The All India Confederation of the Blind provides the essential solidarity and guidance. The blind have come a long way from charity to social equality and independence.
- Material for text, courtesy: Times Eye Research Foundation and All India Confederation of the Blind.