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 India on Children’s Day 1981
November 14, 1981

India on Children’s Day 1981

A commemorative postage stamp on the Childrens Day 1981 :

Toyseller : Children's PaintingsIssued by India

Issued on Nov 14, 1981

Issued for : The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is proud to issue a special postage stamp on Children’s Day, 1981, to convey this message.

Description of Designs : The stamp shows a painting titled ‘Toyseller’ by Kumari Ruchita Sharma (Age 5). The first day cover illustration is a painting titled ‘Fair’ by Kumari Bhavya Lal (Age 14). Cancellation was designed by Charanjit Lal.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 35 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.75 cms.

Printing size : 4.06 x 2.75 cms.

Perforation : 14½ x 14

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 20,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • India‘s celebration of Children’s Day on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru reflects the importance the nation accords to the welfare of its youngest citizens, and serves to remind us of all that needs to be done to ensure them a hopeful future. A pleasant holiday for many, it is also an annual reminder of the problems faced by many more.
  • India‘s National Policy for Children recognises the country’s 287 million children as its most precious resource, and emphasises the national importance of ensuing their well-being. National programmes to provide essential health and welfare services to all children are in progress, but the needs are vast, and many millions of children still have to struggle for survival against heavy odds. Reaching out to them, and meeting their needs, is the challenge India faces in the 1980s. Community groups, professional organisations and voluntary agencies must join hands with the government to meet this challenge.
  • Malnutrition has been identified as the greatest single factor leading to debility and death among infants and children. A major improvement could be made if parents and communities could learn to make better use of local resources to feed their children better. About 100,000 Indian children die every month for lack of adequate food. Many more have their physical and mental potential undermined by malnutrition; still more repeatedly fall prey to disease because chronic under-feeding leaves them defenceless against infection. Poverty is one reason for children being underfed; but ignorance and blind adoption of harmful practices also take their grim toll.
  • Nutrition during the first months of life profoundly influences a child’s future prospects. The ability to produce milk to feed her infant is a vital resource. Nature has given to every mother, assuring the infant a safe, natural and complete food packed with the protective elements and growth-stimulating ingredients essential for healthy development. In India, breast-feeding is a traditional practice, but it is gradually weakening in and around urban areas. The excessive dilution and unhygienic preparation of other kinds of milk create a hazardous situation for the helpless infant. Since this has become a serious health risk in several developing countries, Indian mothers must be encouraged to continue breast-feeding their babies.
  • Parents also need to know that once a baby is four months old, semi-solid foods made from local foodstuffs must also be added to the daily diet. This simple, low-cost supplementation can dramatically improve the child’s development.
  • People can learn about better child nutrition through many channels. Stamps have proven value as communicators, and Children’s Day stamps have the special mission of spreading awareness of children’s rights. The primary right of every child is to survive – and it is our duty to ensure that survival.
  • (Text by Razia Ismail, UNICEF).
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