Freedom from Hunger

A commemorative postage stamp on the Freedom from Hunger Campaign :

382 Freedom from Hunger [India Stamp 1963]Issued by India

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 “FreedomFromHunger” 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

About : 

  • Under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, a world-wide FreedomFromHunger 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 FreedomFromHungerStampPlan 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.

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