Kerala Legislative Assembly
A commemorative postage stamp on the Kerala Vidhan Sabha (Niyamasabha), the State Assembly of Kerala :
Issued on Aug 7, 2013
Issued for : This year Kerala Legislature is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Department of Posts is happy to commemorate this occasion with the release of a postage stamp.
Design : The design of the stamp, First Day Cover and Information Brochure of the Kerala Legislative Assembly depict various facets of this marvelous building.
Stamp/FDC : Sankha Samanta
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, Nasik
- The Kerala Legislative Assembly, also known as the Niyamasabha is the law making body of Kerala. The Assembly has 140 elected representatives and one nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.
- The history of the Kerala Legislature dates back to 1888, when the Maharaja of Travancore, established a Council for the purpose for making laws & regulations. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 23rd August, 1888.
- The Kerala Legislature had three parallel courses of development in the three regions of Travancore, Cochin and Malabar until they were merged together on 1st November, 1956 to form the State of Kerala. The first Legislative Assembly of Kerala with a strength of 127 including 10 nominated members was constituted in 1957.
- The evolutionary process of the legislature in Kerala over a period of more than 100 years reflects the different phases of development of the state in consonance with the social, political and economic changes over the years. Even before the State of Kerala came into existence, many progressive laws for social welfare covering diverse subject such as tenant-landlord relations, abolition of child marriage and polygamy, decentralization of power to local bodies, labour welfare, forest protection, abolition of child labour, etc. were enacted in Travancore, Cochin and Malabar. After independence also, several important and progressive laws have been enacted.
- Shri K.R. Narayanan, the then President of India, inaugurated the new assembly building called the Niyamasabha Mandiram, located in Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd May, 1998. Built primarily in the classical style with a strong influence of many contemporary styles, the building has a large Central Assembly Hall, gardens and water bodies. The complex also accommodates the residence of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Secretary of the Niyamasabha. The Niyamasabha maintains two museums for promoting legislative awareness among public.
- Text : Based on the material furnished by the proponent.