A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, 1st Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh (1952-56, 1963-77) :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 4, 1988
Description of Designs : The stamp is designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The first day cover, showing Dr. Y.S. Parmar against a map of Himachal Pradesh, the state to which he devoted his life’s work, is designed by Shri Sankha Samanta. The cancellation is designed by Smt. Nenu Gupta.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Single colour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated gummed stamp paper
Number printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Yashwant Singh Parmar
Born on Aug 4, 1906 at Chanhalag village, Sirmour district, Punjab, British India [now in Himachal Pradesh, India]
Died on May 2, 1981
- As an architect of modern Himachal Pradesh, the name of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar shall always remain associated with it. Dr. Y.S. Parmar, the energetic Chief Minister and the beloved leader of Himachal Pradesh, was born on 4th August, 1906 at Chanhalag village of the erstwhile princely state of Sirmaur.
- To Dr. Parmar goes the credit of integrating a number of hill states having similar geographical and cultural identities and then successfully procuring for the whole the status of a full-fledged state. By doing so he ensured the future prosperity and development of this backward area. The most commendable part of it is that he achieved it without any revolt and without a single drop of blood being shed. This could be done because of his perseverance, his devotion to serve the masses and his intellectual attainments.
- Dr. Parmar remained the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for about eighteen years. He had a deep understanding of life in the hills, the geographical circumstances and cultural ingredients of that area. On this basis he was able to formulate various schemes in consonance with the imperatives of the hills and thereby, initiate a new awareness in the life there. Prior to independence, the life of a person from the hills was normally associated with the absence of education and with poverty, unemployment and helplessness. This was transformed by this crusader of the hill people, people who now call themselves ‘Paharis‘ with an inherent feeling of self-respect, the seed of which was sown by Dr. Parmar.
- The personality of Dr. Parmar was a harmonious conglomeration of various facets. A farmer, a horticulturist, a judicious administrator, a mass leader and an intellectual. He was devoted to the masses throughout his life and was responsible for an awakening amongst the hill people. Dr. Parmar, a servant of society, is remembered with affection and respect not only in Himachal Pradesh but all through the hills and in fact the whole country.
- He passed away on 2nd May, 1981 but left an indelible mark in the history of Himachal Pradesh.