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 Indian Intelligence Bureau
November 23, 2013

Indian Intelligence Bureau

A commemorative postage stamp on the 125th Anniversary of the Intelligence Bureau (I.B.), India‘s internal intelligence agency :

IB Motto : जागृतं अहर्निशं (Always Alert)Issued by India

Issued on Nov 23, 2013

Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Intelligence Bureau.

Design : The Commemorative Stamp features the IB insignia that symbolises the quintessence of the organisation. The outermost contour is octagonal in shape and symbolises multiplicity of directions and stands for the multi-dimensional responsibilities and tasks of the organisation. Contained within the octagon is a square resting on one of its corners, which is symbolic of the dynamic and progressive approach of the organisation. The wheel with 24 spokes, forming the inner core of the logo, is a replica of the “Dharma Chakra”, and stands for integrity and professionalism.

Credits :
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.41 Million (0.1 million for the proponent)

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : India Security Press, Nashik

About : 

  • Intelligence Bureau (IB) is one of the oldest intelligence organization in the world having the unique distinction of continuous existence of 125 years with unbroken history and traditions.
  • Its history dates back to the British era. On 2nd December, 1887, the British Government functioned the proposal of Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India, to set up a Department for procuring authentic information regarding the social and political condition of Indian people and the State. It was initially conceived as the Central Special Branch with units in the provinces and Princely States, to coordinate with the Government and the Special Branches of the Provisional Government in British India. Over the years, its nomenclature underwent changes and it was in 1920 that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) came to be known by its present name.
  • Recognising IB’s role in safeguarding our overall national security, the Government has institutionalised a system by which the Director, Intelligence Bureau, annually chairs a conference of all DGPs/IGPs of the State Police Forces and the Central Police Organisations to discuss the evolving security scenario and to formulate strategies to meet various challenges. The IB is also the mother organisation for several other agencies like R&AW, ITBP, CISF, SPG, SSB etc. which were carved out of it.
  • IB has its presence even in the remotest corners of the country. Personnel of IB serve under a veil of secrecy wherein even their best achievements cannot be publicly acknowledged. Its motto “Jagritam Aharnisham” depicts the longstanding tradition within the Intelligence Bureau, which propels its personnel to remain alert always and put in their all in protecting and serving the Nation.
  • Text : Based on the material furnished by the proponent.
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