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Panel for more funds to Culture Ministry

The culture sector has not been accorded the priority it deserves,the Parliamentary Standing Committee has said in its report on the demand for grants by the Ministry of Culture

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 3:58 am

The culture sector has not been accorded the priority it deserves,the Parliamentary Standing Committee has said in its report on the demand for grants by the Ministry of Culture.

The committee notes “the apathy of the government towards the cause of preservation and promotion of our ancient culture” and points out that the allocated outlay for the year was less than 1/3rd of what was proposed by the ministry.

“The committee recommends that the Ministry of Culture certainly deserves better treatment in allocation of funds in view of its importance,” says the Ministry of Culture report.

Against the projected demand of Rs 2,916.43 crore for 2012-13,the ministry has been allocated only Rs 864 crore. The ministry had planned to implement a host of schemes — preservation and conservation of monuments by ASI,new scheme for reviving libraries,celebrating centenaries,new schemes by National Archives among other things.

The committee notes that the 70 per cent cut effected on the ministry’s demand means that either the ministry’s projections were unrealistically high or the “Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance did not accord the importance this ministry deserves”.

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