A commemorative postage stamp on the International Year of the Family :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 20, 1994
Issued for : The Department of Posts is privileged to bring out a commemorative postage stamp to mark the International Year of the Family, 1994.
Stamp Design : Shri Suresh Kumar
FDC : Ministry of Welfare
Cancellation : IYF, Emblem.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Paper : Imported Un W/M Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets of 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : 1 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
- The year 1994 was being observed as the International Year of the Family. The United Nations General Assembly, while making the proclamation in December ’89, adopted the theme of the Year as “Family: resources and responsibilities in a changing world”.
- The objectives of IYF are to stimulate local, national and international actions as part of a sustained long term effort to:
– increase awareness of family issues among Governments as well as in the private sector.
– strengthen institutions to formulate, implement and monitor policies on families.
– undertake to build up various programmes on women, children, youth, the aged and the disabled.
- The family is the basic unit of society. Families assume diverse forms and functions from one country to another, and within each national society, expressing the diversity of individual preferences and societal conditions.
- In the Indian context, family despite the pressures on it, is a homogeneous unit with a strong coping mechanism. It provides emotional bonding and socialization. A family is, in fact, so entwined that the tree of the family grows into many generations, with the old giving place to the new.
- By enriching family life and according the widest possible protection and support to them, families can realise their inherent strengths and fully assume their responsibilities within society, enhancing the development of humankind.
- The emblem of the IYF depicts a heart sheltered by a roof symbolising life and love in a home where one finds warmth, caring, security, togetherness, tolerance and acceptance. The open design is meant to indicate continuity with a hint of uncertainty. The brushstroke, with its open line roof, completes an abstract symbol representing the complexity of the family.
- Text Source : Ministry of Welfare.