A commemorative postage stamp on the 1st Death Anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, 2nd Prime Minister of India (1964-66) :
Issued on Jan 11, 1967
Issued for : The inspiring slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” was given to the country by our revered leader the late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Jai Jawan stamp was brought out last year on Republic Day as a tribute to our Armed Forces. The Posts & Telegraphs Department will bring out the Jai Kisan stamp on the 11th January, 1967 to mark the first death anniversary of Shastriji.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Olive Green
Denomination : 15 Paisa
Overall Size : 3.34 X 2.88 cms.
Printing Size : 2.99 X 2.52 cms.
Perforation : 14 x 13½
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked paper
Number Printed : 20,00,000
Number per issue Sheet : 42
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- To be a self-respecting and strong nation, India has to be self-reliant. Self-sufficiency in food production is no less important than an impregnable defence system to guard our hard-won freedom. This was the recurring theme in Shastriji‘s public utterances. He called upon the Kisan to give his sweat and toil to match the heroic sacrifices made by our Jawans to beat back aggression successfully.
- Agriculture has now been accorded the highest priority in the Fourth Five Year Plan. It envisages production of an additional 30 million tonnes of foodgrains by 1970-71, raising the annual production to 120 million tonnes. The new strategy of concentrating on high-yielding varieties in the best cultivable areas with assured water supply aims at realising Shastriji‘s exhortation ‘to grow two grains where one grew before‘. Towards this end, not only agriculture but also industry, power, irrigation, transport and administration have been geared to expeditiously provide the necessary inputs and other supports to the cultivators.
- Our expectations and efforts on the farm front will, however, be in vain without the diligent, and dedicated participation of the man behind the plough. The stamp emphasises the key role that the Kisan can play in changing the face of our rural economy and in the nation’s endeavour to attain self-sufficiency on the food front.