Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to the designer of the national flag, Pingali Venkay. The government will also release a special commemorative postage stamp to commemorate his birth anniversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to Twitter to pay tribute to freedom fighter and Indian national flag designer Pingali Venkaya on his birthday.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “I pay tribute to the great Pingali Venkaya on his birth anniversary. Our country will always be indebted to him for his efforts in making the tricolor, of which we are very proud. Let us keep working for the benefit of national progress with the tricolor.”
The Union Government will also release a special commemorative postage stamp today to mark the anniversary of his birthday.
The Prime Minister on Sunday, Union Tourism Minister G. Will also release a special commemorative postage stamp at an event in New Delhi to commemorate the birth anniversary of Kishan Reddy.
The original design of the national flag made by Pingali Venkaya will be presented at the event, which will also be attended by his family members.
This is not the first time that a postage stamp has been issued in the honor of Pingali Venkayi. A postage stamp was issued in his honor in 2009. In 2014, the All India Radio station was named after him. Recently, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy also proposed the name Pingali Venkai for Bharat Ratna.
Pingali Venkaya was an ardent freedom fighter who designed the national flag of India. He was born on August 2, 1876 in Machilipatnam (which is in the modern Hare Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh).
He designed several models of the national flag, one of which was approved by Mahatma Gandhi at a meeting of the Indian National Congress in Vijayawada. The current national flag is based on his design.