A commemorative postage stamp on the Children‘s Day 1981 :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 14, 1981
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 35 Paise
- India’s celebration of Children’s Day on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru reflects the importance the nation accords to the welfare of its youngest citizens, and serves to remind us of all that needs to be done to ensure them a hopeful future. A pleasant holiday for many, it is also an annual reminder of the problems faced by many more.
- India’s National Policy for Children recognises the country’s 287 million children as its most precious resource, and emphasises the national importance of ensuing their well-being. National programmes to provide essential health and welfare services to all children are in progress, but the needs are vast, and many millions of children still have to struggle for survival against heavy odds. Reaching out to them, and meeting their needs, is the challenge India faces in the 1980s. Community groups, professional organisations and voluntary agencies must join hands with the government to meet this challenge.
- Malnutrition has been identified as the greatest single factor leading to debility and death among infants and children. A major improvement could be made if parents and communities could learn to make better use of local resources to feed their children better. About 100,000 Indian children die every month for lack of adequate food. Many more have their physical and mental potential undermined by malnutrition; still more repeatedly fall prey to disease because chronic under-feeding leaves them defenceless against infection. Poverty is one reason for children being underfed; but ignorance and blind adoption of harmful practices also take their grim toll.