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January 21, 2022


A commemorative postage stamp on the 50 Years of full statehood of Meghalaya, a state in Northeastern India :

Abode of Clouds : Northeast IndiaIssued by India

Issued on Jan 21, 2022

Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp to commemorate 50 Years of full Statehood of Meghalaya.

Credits :
Stamps/FDC/Brochure : Shri Suresh Kumar
Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 305100

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

About : 

  • The State of Meghalaya is located in north-east part of India. The State was carved out of Assam as an autonomous state in April 1970 and was declared a full-fledged State in January 1972. It is bounded by Bangladesh on the South and West and Assam on the West, North and East. It extends for about 300 kilometres in length and about 100 kilometres in breadth. The state has been divided into 11 districts and 46 C & RD Blocks for administrative purposes.
  • Tucked away in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas is Meghalaya, one of the most beautiful State in the country. Nature has blessed her with abundant rainfall, sun-shine, virgin forests, high plateaus, tumbling waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, meandering streamlets and above all with sturdy, intelligent and hospitable people.
  • Emergence of Meghalaya as an Autonomous State on 2nd April, 1970 and as a full-fledged State on 21st January, 1972 marked the beginning of a new era of the geo-political history of North Eastern India. It also marked the triumph of peaceful democratic negotiations, mutual understanding and victory over violence and intrigue.
  • The State is subject to vagaries of the monsoon. The average annual rainfall is about 2600 mm over western Meghalaya, between 2500 to 3000 mm over northern Meghalaya and about 4000 mm over south-eastern Meghalaya. There is a great variation of rainfall over central and southern Meghalaya. At Sohra (Cherrapunjee), the average annual rainfall is as high as 12,000 millimetres, but Shillong located at a distance of about fifty kilometres from Sohra receives an average of 2200 mm of rainfall annually.
  • Meghalaya is one of the States in India covering an area of approximately 22,429 square kilometres, out of this area about 70% of the state is forested. The Meghalaya subtropical forests eco region encompasses the State; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south. Meghalaya has predominantly an agrarian economy with a significant commercial forestry industry. The State is geologically rich in minerals. The state has about 1,170 kms of national highways. It is also a major logistical centre for trade with Bangladesh.
  • Meghalaya has an ideal location advantage for South East Asia Market. The neighbouring countries of India viz Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar has been involved with the State for business and commerce. It has a huge potential to reach other South Asian countries as well. Meghalaya is also geographically rich in minerals and has the potential for industrial set-ups based on these mineral resources. Above all, the Meghalaya Industrial Policy is framed for the ease of doing business and increase trade and commerce. The added advantage being the climate in Meghalaya is good for the development of electronics chips.
  • The art and craft of Meghalaya has the uniqueness of its own. They are very intricately made and beautiful to look at. Tourist coming to this northeastern part are mesmerized to see the sheer wonder of art and craft of Meghalaya. The abundance of bamboo makes it possible for the artists to make the bamboo and cane products. The three tribes of Meghalaya – the Garos, the Khasis and the Jaintias are apt in making different kinds of cane and bamboo products and in weaving. These products have now received recognition not only in the national market but also in the international market and are much in demand.
  • Text : Based on information received from the proponent.
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