A commemorative postage stamp on the 10th Anniversary of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC Year of Literacy) :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 8, 1996
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1100 Paise
Overall size : 3.50 x 3.50 cms.
Printing size : 3.15 x 3.15 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.7 million
Number per issue sheet : 36
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) comprises of seven countries of the region namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. On 8th December, 1996, SAARC completes ten years of its existence.
- The primary objectives of SAARC are to promote the welfare of the people of South Asia, to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region. In pursuit of its primary objectives, SAARC launched the Integrated Programme of Action through the mechanism of eleven Technical Committees dealing with various fields that are central to the SAARC process of cooperation – Agriculture, Communications, Education, Culture and Sports, Environment and Meteorology, Health, Population Activities and Child Welfare, Prevention of Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse, Rural Development, Science and Technology, Tourism, Transport, and Women in Development.
- SAARC has taken major initiatives for poverty eradication in South Asia, preferably by the year 2002 through an agenda of action which include strategies for social mobilisation, policies of decentralised agricultural development and small-scale labour intensive industrialisation, and human development. Initiatives have also been taken in specific areas of common concern, notably dealing with children, women in development, disabled persons, youth and environment.