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 Indian National Small Industries Fair 1978
November 17, 1978

Indian National Small Industries Fair 1978

A commemorative postage stamp on the National Small Industries Fair, New Delhi :

Small Scale IndustryIssued by India

Issued on Nov 17, 1978

Issued for : The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to bring out a postage stamp to make the inauguration of this fair.

Description of Design : The stamp depicts a view of small scale industry.

Type : StampMint Condition

Colour : Olive Green

Denomination : 25 Paise

Overall size : 3.314 X 2.88 cms.

Printing size : 2.987 X 2.524 cms.

Perforation : 14 X 13½

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 30,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 42

Printing process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • Small Scale-Industries constitute a vital sector in India‘s economy. Small Scale units comprise 75% of the registered factories accounting for nearly 30% of employment and contributing over 40% of industrial production. The respective figures will be even more, if unregistered units are taken into account. Its total contribution to GNP is nearly 13%, which is more than the heavy industries sector. Production of electronics, which is regarded as an index of national economic growth, is heavily concentrated in the small sector. What is of greater significance is that the large industries are heavily dependent on the small units for ancillaries. In some cases finished products on the large scale sector consist of as high a proportion as 80% from the small sector. 
  • The National Small Industries Fair organised by the Trade Fair Authority of India was the first national projection of this vital sector covering the entire gamut of products from sophisticated electronics and modern engineering items to traditional handicrafts and products of the cottage and tiny units including village industries. The Fair was symbolic of Gandhiji‘s ‘Back to the Village’ movement and had been organised in accordance with the socio-economic objectives and priorities of the Government. The theme of this Fair was ‘Small Industry serves the People’. The display provided a close view of the different facets of small industry sector, both in State pavilions and also in the theme pavilion presenting a composite show. An exclusive export promotion pavilion highlighted the export potential of the small and cottage industries.
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