Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Postal dept releases cover on Iron Man of India

Postal dept releases cover on Iron Man of India

Coimbatore: India Post on Tuesday released a special cover and a special pack to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, who was the first deputy Prime Minister of the country. Besides, it also organised a 'Run for Unity' marathon in which officers from various government departments, personnel from defence organisations and school students took part.

The chief postmaster general M Sampath released the special cover and it was received by Coimbatore's oldest living freedom fighter V K Kalimuthu. According to the organisers, Kalimuthu is more than 100-years-old and had participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942. He was imprisoned in the Coimbatore Central Prison for four months.

A press statement issued by the India Post said, "We have prepared three maxim cards on Sardar Vallabhai Patel - one at his birthplace, Nadiad; one at the place where he lived, is Karamsad; and one from where Patel's memorial is located, Shahibaug. The cards were cancelled at the above places."

The special cover released by India Post on national unity day with the images of Sardar Patel and has been cancelled with the national unity day image shared by GOI.

"The cover has stamps and stationeries issued for Sardar Patel at different times by the Government of India. It also includes a coin issued for Sardar Patel in 1996. Also, it has stamps issued for Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Moulana Azad for their association with Sardar Patel during the pre-independence period," said a statement. The national unity pledge was taken during the event held near the GST Bhavan on Race Course Road.
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