Chandigarh, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

Punjab cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur has instructed all concerned officials of the department to speed up the work of conservation and beautification of suseums in the state.

Presiding over a meeting to review the progress report of the department, the Minister also reviewed the work to be done under 13th financial commission and asked officials to fix a meting with the project consultants on May 26.

Briefing about the meeting, Mr Phillaur said progress work of Sheesh Mehal and Arms Gallery, Patiala, District Museum Sangrur, Mahraja Ranjit Singh Summer Palace, Ram Bag, Amritsar, Anglo Sikh War Memorial Ferozshah and Lala Lajpat Rai Museum, Jagron, Arch logical Museum Sanghol, Khatkar Kalan Museum and progress report of Digitization and Micro Filming work of Archaeological Records was reviewed in the meeting.

Mr Phillaur said the state government sent a proposal of Rs 15 crore for approval to the central government but they have sent the proposal back asking for some changes and this proposal would be soon again sent to the Centre.

The Minister said work of Anglo Sikh War Memorial, Ferozshah and Lala Lajpat Rai Museum, Jagraon would be done with grant approved in the 13th financial commission and added that 90 percent upgradation work of Archaeological Museum Sanghol is completed and remaining work would be completed soon.

"First Phase work of Khatkar Kalan Museum is completed and Rs 12.5 Crore has been released for this work and for second phase work of this Museum consultant has sent 10.48 Crore tender document and action is being taken to approve this", Mr Phillaur said.

The department has also under taken the work digitisation and micro filming of archaeological records under central sponsored scheme in the ratio of 75:25 share. Till date 10 lakh pages have been digitised and other work is under progress.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)