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Union Joint Secy Culture takes stock of heritage conservation


Srinagar, Oct 20: Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, Nirupama Kotru, on Saturday said heritage connects young generation with their roots.
Joint Secretary was chairing a meeting of experts to review the status of art, cultural, and heritage activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Commissioner Secretary Culture, Mohammed Saleem Shishgar, briefed the Joint Secretary about various initiative and departmental activities being initiated for the preservation, promotion and propagation of the culture and heritage of the state.
He informed that the aim of the meeting was to have diverse opinions and ideas for better planning and upliftment of art and heritage treasure of the state.
He added that various measures are underway to preserve and promote the cultural and heritage of the state.
Kotru sought suggestions and opinions from the experts regarding various measures being taken by the department to preserve, promote and propagate the art, culture and heritage of the state.
The experts shared their experiences, ideas and suggested measure to be taken for the preservation of cultural and heritage.
They also apprised the Joint Secretary of the challenges faced by the artist community in the State.
Kotru appreciated the views of experts, saying it was important to have diverse views and opinions for better planning to preserve the heritage of the state.
She also assured of all possible help for the upliftment of the artist community.
She said it was important to involve the younger generation and local communities in the conservation and promotion of art by creating socio-economic leverage.
She also stressed that the line departments should work with zeal, enthusiasm and close coordination towards the preservation of art, culture, languages, historic and heritage sites of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Muneer-ul-Islam said the department is taking various innovative measures to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of the state.
He informed that the department is initiating heritage preservation programs at Bhosle, Gurez, Kishtwar and Ladakh. He added that after the completion of these initiatives the department will identify other places as well where preservation of heritage is required.