A commemorative postage stamp on the 57th Conference of Inter–Parliamentary Union (IPU), New Delhi :
Issued on Oct 30, 1969
Issued for : India is proud to play host to this international Conference and the Posts & Telegraphs Department of the Government of India has great pleasure in celebrating the occasion by issuing a special postage stamp to mark the inauguration of the Conference.
Description of Design : The design of the stamp is horizontal and depicts a globe with replica of Parliament House, New Delhi.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Bronze Blue
Denomination : 20 Paise
Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.28 cms.
Printing Size : 3.80 X 2.00 cms.
Perforation : 14 x 14½
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue Sheet : 50
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- The 57th Inter-Parliamentary Conference was held in New Delhi from the 30th October to the 7th November, 1969. The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an international association, possessing a semi-official character, of Parliamentary Groups constituted within the national Parliaments of various countries of the world. Its headquarters is in Geneva. The aim of the Union is “to promote personal contacts between members of all Parliaments, constituted as National Groups, and to unite them in common action to secure and maintain the full participation of their respective countries in the firm establishment and development of democratic institutions and in the advancement of the work of international peace and co-operation.” The Union also studies and seeks solutions for all questions of an international character suitable for settlement by parliamentary action and makes suggestions for the development of parliamentary institutions, with a view to improving the working of those institutions and increasing their prestige.
- The origin of the Inter-Parliamentary Union dates back to 1889. At present, about 70 countries are members of the Union.
- India became a member of this international Organisation in 1949 in pursuance of a motion moved by the then Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru in the Constituent Assembly of India (Legislative) and adopted on the 16th August, 1948. Since then Indian Parliamentary Delegations have been regularly taking part in every annual Conference of the Union which is held in the capitals of member countries by rotation. The Speaker of Lok Sabha is the President, Members of Parliament are members and the Secretary of Lok Sabha is the Secretary of the Indian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
- This was the first time that the Inter-Parliamentary Conference is going to be held in India. About 600 foreign delegates (Speakers, Ministers, Members of Parliament) representing about 70 member countries participated in the Conference. In addition, 16 International Organisations sent Observers to attend the Conference.
- The subjects discussed at the Conference are: (1) International situation (2) Role and responsibilities of medium and small Powers in the maintenance of international peace (3) Social progress as a factor and condition of economic development (4) Prospects for agreement on the control of armaments (5) Role of parliaments in the protection of human environment and conservation of natural resources for future generations (6) Relations between parliament and local authorities and (7) Cultural exchanges as a means of increasing understanding between countries.