Mohan Lal Sukhadia
A commemorative postage stamp on the Death Anniversary of Mohanlal Sukhadia, 5th Chief Minister of Rajasthan (1954-67, 1967-71) :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 2, 1988
Description of Designs : The stamp is designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The first day cover is designed by Shri Sankha Samantha and cancellation by Smt. Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Mohan Lal Sukhadia
Born on Jul 31, 1916 at Jhalawar, Rajasthan, India
Died on Feb 2, 1982 at Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
- Mohan Lal Sukhadia was born on 31st July, 1916, at Jhalawar. He was the son of Shri Purshottam Das Sukhadia. Completing his initial studies at Nathdwara and Udaipur, he studied Electrical Engineering at Bombay.
- He was actively associated with the Praja Mandal movement and was drawn to the freedom struggle in his student days. During the Quit India Movement he was imprisoned for 1½ years. He became the Minister of Civil Supplies, the Public Works Department, Relief and Rehabilitation in the former Mewar State (Udaipur) in 1946. He was associated with Thakkar Bapa‘s welfare schemes for the upliftment of downtrodden people in Rajasthan.
- After the formation of the state of Rajasthan, he joined the State Cabinet as Development Minister in 1948. In 1951-52 he was Minister for Civil Supplies, Agriculture and Irrigation. In the first general elections, held in 1952, Sukhadia, elected to the Rajasthan Assembly, became Minister for Revenue, Agriculture and Famine Relief. On 13th November, 1954 he became Chief Minister of Rajasthan, holding this office till 1971.
- As Chief Minister he was the guiding force behind land reforms and the introduction of the Panchayati Raj in the State. The problem of making Rajasthan a cohesive state was faced by him with equanimity. The planned development and industrialisation of Rajasthan was undertaking during his Chief Ministership. He also encouraged the expansion of education and medical and health services in the State. He was nominated a Member of the Working Committee of the AICC in 1961.
- In the period between 1972 and 1977 he was appointed the Governor of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 1980 he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Udaipur Parliamentary Constituency.
- He passed away on 2nd Feb. 1982.