A commemorative postage stamp on the Freedom from Hunger Campaign :
Issued on Mar 21, 1963
Issued for : In keeping with the spirit underlying the Campaign the Posts & Telegraphs Department of the Government of India had decided to issue a special postage stamp.
Picture : While the central theme for the design of the stamp was left to the countries concerned, it was desired by the FAO that a special symbol should be a common feature in the proposed world-wide issue and also that the stamp should be brought out in a popular denomination. Accordingly, the stamp to be brought out by the Posts & Telegraphs Department bears the special symbol provided by the FAO. This have some sheaves of corn above the FAO crest and the words “Freedom–From–Hunger” on top. The design of the stamp seeks to symbolise the aspirations and the struggle for the successful attainment of the objectives behind the Campaign.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : Yes [All over multiple “Lion Capital of Ashoka”]
Colour : Multicoloured
Denomination : 15 Naya Paise
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Coated gummed
Stamps Printed : 4 Million in sheets of 35
Size : 2.90 X 3.91 cms.
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printers : India Security Press, Nasik Road
- Under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, a world-wide Freedom–From–Hunger Campaign was launched on the 1st July, 1960 to focus public attention upon the continuing problem of hunger, and to mobilise national and international effort towards its solution. The Campaign was of social interest to India where there is race between population and food supply. Falling in line with the general plan of the Campaign, as approved by the F.A.O., the Government of India had set up a National Campaign Committee and had also undertaken studies with the object of increasing agricultural production, improving distribution and other related matters to solve the problem of hunger and malnutrition.
- The FAO also sponsored a Freedom–From–Hunger–Stamp–Plan which provided for the simultaneous release on the 21st March, 1963 of special issues of postage stamps by participating countries so as to create the maximum psychological effect and to propagate the idea underlying the general plan of the Campaign.