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01 October 2005
  Ministry of Communications & Information Technology  
 
COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP ON SARDAR PRATAP SINGH KAIRON

 
  17:4 IST  
 
  The Department of Posts has brought out a Postage Commemorative Stamp in honour of Sardar Pratap Singh Kairon, the architect of modern Punjab coinciding with his Birth Anniversary. Dr. Shakeel Ahmad, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, released the Commemorative Stamp, in the presence of Capt. Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab and Shri I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister, at a function held here today. Pratap Singh Kairon had to his credit of placing Punjab on the industrial map of the country. Both the planned city of Chandigarh and the industrial township of Faridabad were his brainchild. He held the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1956 to 1964.

As a prominent figure in the Punjab politics during his life time, Sardar Pratap Singh combined a vision for the future with a rare will and determination to usher in the changes needed to shape a prosperous and progressive Punjab in the post-independence era. Sardar Pratap Singh has the distinction of serving as a Minister immediately after partition and was committed to handle the tough task of resettlement of millions of refugees who had migrated to Punjab from Pakistan. It was his wise decision which made them to progress economically as he gave land to work upon and financial loans. Soon after in 1952, he became the Minister for Development and Consolidation of Land and was thus instrumental in bringing out significant land reforms. It was those reforms which made available the surplus land for distribution among the Harijans and the landless by imposing ceiling on landholdings.

During the national emergency caused by the Chinese aggression in October, 1962, Punjab played a leading role in the defence of the nation, both in terms of funds as well as increasing the physical strength. Since Pratap Singh believed that nothing can be achieved without education he made primary and middle school education free and compulsory. Besides this he gave a boost to technical education also. He opened three engineering colleges, a polytechnic in each district and a number of industrial engineering institutions. He also established the Kurukshetra University at Karnal, the Punjabi University at Patiala and the Punjab Agriculture University at Ludhiana, apart from four medical colleges. The Post Graduate Institute at Chandigarh, considered to be one of the biggest and best Medical Research Institutes in India ,was also started by him The Department of Posts has brought out a Postage Commemorative Stamp in honour of Sardar Pratap Singh Kairon, the architect of modern Punjab coinciding with his Birth Anniversary. Dr. Shakeel Ahmad, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, released the Commemorative Stamp, in the presence of Capt. Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab and Shri I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister, at a function held here today. Pratap Singh Kairon had to his credit of placing Punjab on the industrial map of the country. Both the planned city of Chandigarh and the industrial township of Faridabad were his brainchild. He held the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1956 to 1964.

As a prominent figure in the Punjab politics during his life time, Sardar Pratap Singh combined a vision for the future with a rare will and determination to usher in the changes needed to shape a prosperous and progressive Punjab in the post-independence era. Sardar Pratap Singh has the distinction of serving as a Minister immediately after partition and was committed to handle the tough task of resettlement of millions of refugees who had migrated to Punjab from Pakistan. It was his wise decision which made them to progress economically as he gave land to work upon and financial loans. Soon after in 1952, he became the Minister for Development and Consolidation of Land and was thus instrumental in bringing out significant land reforms. It was those reforms which made available the surplus land for distribution among the Harijans and the landless by imposing ceiling on landholdings.

During the national emergency caused by the Chinese aggression in October, 1962, Punjab played a leading role in the defence of the nation, both in terms of funds as well as increasing the physical strength. Since Pratap Singh believed that nothing can be achieved without education he made primary and middle school education free and compulsory. Besides this he gave a boost to technical education also. He opened three engineering colleges, a polytechnic in each district and a number of industrial engineering institutions. He also established the Kurukshetra University at Karnal, the Punjabi University at Patiala and the Punjab Agriculture University at Ludhiana, apart from four medical colleges. The Post Graduate Institute at Chandigarh, considered to be one of the biggest and best Medical Research Institutes in India ,was also started by him

RM/AMA- 011005 Pratap Singh Stamp