A commemorative postage stamp on the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 5, 1987
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 15,00,000 in sheets of 35
Printer : India Security Press
- The United Nations General Assembly has designated the year 1987 as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. The two objectives of the year are:-
i) to improve the shelter and neighbourhoods of some of the poor and disadvantaged by 1987, and
ii) to demonstrate, by the year 2000, ways and means of improving the shelter and neighbourhoods of the poor and disadvantaged.
- Government of India attaches the highest importance to the provision of shelter to the shelterless. Our Five Year Plans have always included provision of shelter as a priority item. In the new 20–Point Programme launched in 1982, point Numbers 9 & 10 focus attention on providing shelter and improvement of environment for poor people. In the 20-Point Programme, 1986:
Point No. 14:
i) to make available house sites to the rural people,
ii) To expand programmes of house construction,
iii) to lay special emphasis on construction of houses for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes,
iv) to develop low cost building materials.
Point No. 15:
a) to restrict the growth of slums,
b) to provide basic facilities in existing slum areas, and
c) to encourage planned house building in urban areas, aimed at improving the lot of the shelterless.