Day 2 of Philately Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi

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Special cover issued on the International Day of Non-Violence

Jammu – Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R S Chib, in presence of Postmaster General J&K  John Samuel Tuesday released two special covers one each on Mahatma Gandhi and International Non-Violence Day on the second day of Philatelic Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi.

Hundreds of school children and government functionaries, besides civil society members attended the function held at Kala Kendra, Jammu  to release .

In addition to the two special covers,  a special Hand Made Soap manufactured by Gandhi Seva Sadan, which will be available in Post shops in J&K from tomorrow were also launched.

It is the first time in country that ‘My Stamp’ on Gandhiji has been issued by the Department of Posts in Jammu and Kashmir.

My Stamp is a unique concept having a photograph printed alongwith the selected postage stamp and which can be sent anybody as postage and also kept as a souvenir.

Jammu and Kashmir Postal circle has taken a lead in the country in issuing   My Stamp for the public at large.

During this exhibition a special counter has been established for sale of  My Stamp as per once selection .

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister complimented the Department for organizing the exhibition on Philately, adding that the teachings of Gandhiji are not restricted to India but have Universal appeal. He said it was an honour for Indians that 2nd of October is being observed as International Non Violence Day across the world.

Chib said as the world is passing through a phase of violence and tension, Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi becomes more and more relevant.  The Minister lauded the efforts of Chief Postmaster General Sh. John Samuel in guiding Jammu and Kashmir in many fields like Philatelic Exhibitions, post office festivals, sports activities etc which is the source of inspiration and knowledge for different sections of society. He further appreciated Chief PMG for arranging display of Stamps on Mahatma Gandhi issued across the globe at Jammu and releasing special covers on Gandhiji. 

Shri John Samuel, Chief Post Master General J&K said that Department of Posts is taking many steps to connect with the people of Jammu and the present exhibition on Gandhiji is one such step in this direction. He said that “Gandhian Values have more relevance than ever before in the present scenario of mistrust, violence and turmoil. Sh. John Samuel said that acknowledging the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, United Nation Organization (UNO) in 2007 declared 2nd October as International Non violence Day which is a matter for pride for every countrymen”. The chief Postmaster General further stated that Gandhiji’s fast unto death to persuade people to give up violence, which had erupted immediately after partition was a message for us to emulate and showed the power of fasting which Gandhji had used as a weapon of Non Violence. Sh. John Samuel further said that this is one amongst the largest exhibition on Gandhiji in India. He complimented the gathering for sparing their time to enlighten them with Gandhian Philosophy even though it was a holiday.

The major attraction of the program was “Gandhi Ji look-a-like competition” wherein school children from more than 10 schools dressed as “Mahatma Gandhi”, received tremendous applause from the gathering. Debate competition for College students on Gandhian Values and special lecture on Mahatma Gandhi by prominent speakers Sh. Jagdish Chander and Sh. Rajinder Kakad were the other activities of the day two of exhibition.

Dr. Garima Gupta and Professor Sadaf Shaf, English Department, Jammu University were the judges for the debate. Look-a-Like competition was judged by gandhian Jagdish Chander.

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