JAMMU, May 20: As part of celebrations to mark International Museum Day, Minister of Culture, School Education and Tourism Priya Sethi inaugurated a special exhibition at Dogra Art Museum.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister expressed the importance of International Museum Day as a movement as well as a platform to make the citizens aware of their rich past and inculcate in them a sense to preserve it for posterity. She also assured of every possible assistance from the Government to protect the heritage of the State existing in any form whether tangible or intangible.
The Minister also released a book titled J&K Museums speak: History, Culture and Ethos, authored and edited by Mohammad Shafi Zahid, Director of the department.
The mega event was attended by number of intellectuals, cultural activists, scholars and thousands of school children. The speakers on the event expressing their concern over the status of heritage sites gave suggestions with regard to its preservation.
The Secretary gave a detailed account of the steps the Government is taking towards the preservation of the heritage of the State, which include declaration of Archaeological Monuments and Sites as State Protected, heritage sites and documentation of manuscripts as well as old records.
The Director gave a brief account of the departmental activities which include exhibitions, publications, seminars, workshops etc. to make the general public aware of their rich heritage.
He also appealed to the Principals of all schools both Government and Private and head of other educational institutions, to make museum tour part of their syllabus, so that every student of the State visits the museums and get education through museum tours.
Meanwhile, Priya Sethi visited Nowshera and took stock of arrangements put in place by the district administration for cross border firing affected families.
Accompanied by MLA Nowshera, Ravinder Raina and senior officers of Police and civil administration, the Minister visited rehabilitation camps and interacted with affected people.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Government is well abreast of the problems and miseries of the border people.
She directed district administration to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) not only in making necessary arrangements in relief camps but also in rescuing people in case of excessive cease fire violations.