‘Incredible India’ has caught the fancy of people across the world and its appeal has only grown over the years. The Ministry of Culture is engaged in the preservation and conservation of the country’s ancient cultural heritage, and the promotion of tangible and intangible art and culture. Ongoing programmes include preservation and conservation of archaeological sites, museums and its artifacts, operation of public libraries, and the promotion of Buddhist and Tibetan studies. Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma listed the ministry’s major achievements over the last three years in reply to a Rajya Sabha question on Tuesday.
Here Are Some Key Achievements Of The Ministry Of Culture
- UNESCO inscribed the historic walled city of Ahmedabad, dotted with 28 protected Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sites, as India’s first heritage city on 8 July 2017.
- Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Buildings in Mumbai, Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park and The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
- 100 Monuments has been identified for Portal on “Must-See Monuments and Archaeological Sites of India”.
- The Ministry of Culture has completed the development of the Dandi Heritage Path from Ahmedabad to Dandi and 21 Nigh Halt places as a part of Gandhi heritage. National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi is scheduled to be inaugurated this month.
- All ASI Protected Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites have been declared Polythene Free Zones. 25 ASI sites were launched as “AdarshSmarak” on 26th December, 2014 on the basis of cleanliness parameters such as amenities like toilets, green lawns, drinking water and provision for garbage bins etc. ‘Rani Ki Vav’ in Gujarat, a world heritage site, has been declared as the cleanest iconic place in the country.
- The Ministry of Culture organised Festivals of India in approximately 37 countries.
- The ministry commemorated 500 years of the return of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Vrindavan, the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, 200th Anniversary of the Paika Rebellion, the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 550th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Guru Nanak Dev.
- It organised a special exhibition to commemorate 70 years of Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. The Ministry of Culture released a commemorative coin to honour the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Bharat Ratna awardee.
- Excavation was taken up at the site near Saser La Pass in Ladakh at an altitude of about 13500-14000 feet. Apart from this, other developments have taken place at sites like PuranaQila (Delhi), Kalibangan and Binjor (Rajasthan), Lothal and Dholavira (Gujarat) and Sannathi (Karnataka). The ASI also discovered a hoard of 254 Copper Coins of medieval period in the premises of Khirki Mosque during the course of conservation of the monument.
- The foundation stone has been laid for a Museum on Prime Ministers of India at Delhi and the Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology has been established by the ASI. There are plans to create Virtual Experiential Museums to showcase the tangible and intangible heritage of the country.