Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has brought out a Special Cover on freedom fighter “Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar” and a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on “Personalities Series: Bihar” & a stamp on “Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library”.
A special cover on “Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar” was released by Smt Anupriya Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare and Commemorative Postage Stamps on “Personalities Series: Bihar” and “Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library” were released on 26th December, 2016.
The Department has commemorated great deeds and achievements of following eight personalities of Bihar by releasing stamps on them:
- Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha
- Karpoori Thakur
- Dashrath Manjhi
- Kailashpati Mishra
- Kunwar Singh
- Phanishwar Nath Renu
- Sri Krishna Sinha
“Hardayal Municipal Public Library” is situated in the heart of Chandni Chowk and is one of the very few oldest buildings that have been able to withstand the onslaught of modern times. The library was set up in 1862. It has a unique collection of more than 1,70,000 books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit. This is one of the few Libraries in the world with a collection of at least 8,000 rare books.
Gaya Prasad Katiyar was one of the most dedicated soldiers of India’s freedom struggle. Gaya Prasad Katiyar was born at Jagadishpur (UP). He joined Hindustan Socialist Republican Association in 1925 and got connected with Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh. Later he participated on Lahore Conspiracy Case and was arrested from Saharanpur in 1929. He joined the hunger strike at Lahore Jail with his co prisoners. Later he was transported to Cellular jail in Andaman and again he participated on hunger strike there. He was repatriated in 1937 but again arrested and transported to cellular jail from where he was released in 1946.