A commemorative postage stamp on Bhausaheb Deshmukh, first agriculture minister of India (Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet in 1952) [a part of the series ‘Freedom Fighters and Social Reformers‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 9, 1999
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a set of stamps on these four distinguished sons of India.
Design : The first day cover design attempts to symbolise the spirit of the national movement in particular, the movement for social reform. The series pays homage to the contribution of A. Vaidyanatha Iyer, Indulal Kanaiyalal Yagnik, Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh and P. Kakkan.
Stamp : ISP Nashik
First Day Cover : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Two
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 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 : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Panjabrao Shamrao Deshmukh
Born on Feb 22, 1892 at Nadiad, Kheda, Gujarat, India
Died on Jul 17, 1972 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
- The Department of Posts issued a set of four stamps to pay homage to A. Vaidyanatha Iyer, Indulal Kanaiyalal Yagnik, Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh and P. Kakkan, who apart from playing prominent roles in the Freedom Struggle, also made significant contribution through their reformist efforts towards building of the nation in the post-independence years in crucial socio-economic and political spheres.
- Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh (1898-1965) contributed immensely to the emancipation of rural India, through pioneering reform in education, agriculture and social work. Dr. Deshmukh served as Minister for Agriculture, in the Union Government for ten years. During his lifetime he ceaselessly worked for the welfare and development of farmers. One of the most imaginative steps taken by him was the foundation of the “Bharat Krishak Samaj”, to champion the cause of farmers. During his lifetime he continued to be the President of this organisation. “Shri Shivaji Education Society”, which Dr. Deshmukh founded, has brought within the reach of poor students, the benefits of higher education. 1999 was celebrated as the birth centenary year of “Bhausaheb”, as Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh was affectionately known.
- Text : Based on material supplied by sponsors.