Chandigarh, May 28 UNI | 2 months ago

The Punjab government has directed all deputy commissioners to send a report regarding all tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the state so that these could be brought under the cultural heritage policy for their conservation.

Presiding over a meeting of various departments for their participation in formulating the state cultural heritage policy, Raji P Srivastava, Secretary Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, said this new policy could play an important role in the socio-economic development of the state.

Ms Srivastava said cultural affairs, archeological and museums department has entered into agreement with UNESCO through its new Delhi office with a view to work jointly towards the development of state cultural heritage policy.

She said UNESCO India has provided technical assistance for developing the vision statement, strategic framework and action plan during 2012-14 in order to better preserve, manage and sustainable use rich cultural heritage of Punjab.

Presenting the strategic framework and action plan about the policy, the experts said this policy depends upon four strategic pillars which are developing the knowledge sharing environment, ensuring transmission, continued practice and excellence of heritage tradition, stimulating demand and supply environment for Heritage goods and services and strengthening the legal, regulatory, administrative and institutional environment.

Ms Srivastava also informed the members present in the meeting that living legends who could contribute in training the new generation about the old traditional heritage culture such as handicrafts, wood craft, Jutti making, embroidery, Phulkari making, handlooms, music, dance etc would be hired by the department to preserve and carry forward our rich cultural legacy.

She also requested the concerned departments to come up with the brief presentation in what way their departments could contribute for the promotion of cultural heritage.

(Posted on 28-05-2014)