Postage stamp Current Affairs - 2020

Postal Stamp on National Institute of Nutrition released

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released a commemorative postal stamp of National Institute of Nutrition. It was introduced under the “Corporate My Stamp” scheme of India Posts. The stamp was released during the completion of Centenary Celebrations of National Institute of Nutrition. The theme of the celebration was “Empowering the nation through nutrition”

Corporate My Stamp Scheme

The scheme was launched in 2016. Under the scheme a corporate entity or an individual can get their photo printed inside the postage stamp at a price of 12 lakh rupees. The stamps can be used for general postal mail. The Postal department has issued customized stamps for e-commerce platforms like Amazon India, HAL, etc.

The scheme helped the Postal Department earn revenue of 2.83 crore rupees in 2016-17.

National Institute of Nutrition

The institute is an Indian public health, nutrition and research center located in Hyderabad. It is one of India’s largest and oldest center under the UCMR-Indian Council of Medical Research. It was founded in 1918 by Sir Robert McCarrison as a laboratory in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. It was moved to Hyderabad in 1958 and was renamed National Institute of Nutrition.

The institute carries out research in clinical nutrition, endocrinology, ophthalmology, community nutrition, regenerative medicine, molecular biology, etc.

Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla, associated with the Champaran Satyagraha, released

The Department of Post has issued a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla in New Delhi on 18th December 2018. The stamp was released as a tribute to the contribution made by Rajkumar Shukla in the launch of Champaran Satyagraha in the year 1917.

About Rajkumar Shukla:

  • Raj Kumar Shukla was born on 23rd August 1875 in Satwaria village of Champaran in Bihar.
  • He a famous Indigo cultivator of Champaran and as he was a money lender as well.
  • He rose to fame for his close association with Gandhiji during the Champaran Satyagraha.
  • Raj Kumar Shukla convinced Mahatma Gandhi to visit Champaran, which was was a turning point in India’s struggle for independence.
  • Earlier also, the Department of Posts had released a postage stamp in the year 2000 to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Raj Kumar Shukla.

The Department of Posts has been issuing postage stamps to honour and to pay a tribute to the important personalities who made a great contribution to public life especially the freedom fighters of India. The total number of such stamps released this year has reached 43 with the issuance of this postage stamp.