India on SAARC – 10 Years of Service to the People

A commemorative postage stamp on the 10th Anniversary of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC Year of Literacy) :

1515 SAARC Year of Literacy [India Stamp 1996]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

About : 

  • 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.

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