A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, India’s first Minister for Communications :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 18, 1995
Issued for : The Department of Posts is privileged to bring out a commemorative postage stamp in his honour.
Stamp : ISP, Nasik based on photographs supplied by Parliament Archives.
FDC : Shri Dinesh Banduni
Cancellation : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 Cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 Cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Un W/M Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper
Number of stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
Born on Feb 18, 1894 at Barabanki, North–West Provinces, British India [now in Uttar Pradesh, India]
Died on Oct 24, 1954 at New Delhi, India
- In the first Cabinet of U.P. as Minister for Land Revenue, he virtually structured the U.P. Tenancy Act, subsequently enacted, creating conditions for the abolition of the Zamindari system. The second General Election made him Home Minister of U.P. in 1946.
- Independence brought Rafi Sahib to New Delhi as Minister for Communications. He distinguished himself by sponsoring such schemes as night air mail, own your telephone and weekly off for staff. Returning in 1952 he received accolade as the Minister for Food & Agriculture who fed the nation without food aid and external controls.
- A simple, austere man, he was truly secular and open minded in his vision. He believed in mass action and mass programme in the struggle against exploitation, be it social or economic. At his death in 1954 he was found to have bequeathed few worldly possessions, but left behind an immense admiration for a man of courage and commitment.
- Text Courtesy : Shri A.P. Jain (Dictionary of National Biography).