Div Com Jammu finalises action plan for promotion of traditional, Cultural festivals under newly launched scheme


JAMMU : Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer today approved the action plan for promotion of J&K’s Traditional and Cultural Festival in Jammu Division under a newly introduced government scheme.

Pertinently, Government of Jammu and Kashmir has introduced a scheme for promotion and preservation of Traditional and Cultural Festivals which are part of rich heritage and composite culture of Jammu and Kashmir.

A Divisional level implementation committee headed by Divisional Commissioner as its chairman has also been constituted for implementation of the scheme.

Director, Archives, Archeology and Museums, Rahul Pandey gave a detailed presentation on the proposed festivals and briefed about the implementation of the scheme.

It was informed that the Festivals have been categorized into three broader categories, Medium, Large and Mega with the provision of Rs 5 lakh, 10 lakh and 40 lakh funds for each category of festival.

The possibility of a tangible–asset-generation under the scheme at the respective venues, as per the list was discussed.

The Div Com (Chairman DLIC) directed the Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to formulate the Action Plan of the proposed 52 festivals within a week and place the same before the Committee for approval in the next meeting.

Out of 272 proposed traditional and Folk festivals, the DLIC has in principle given the approval for the 42 festivals covered in the last financial quarter of the year 2021-22 received from the DCs of Jammu Division. The approval to the remaining festivals shall be provided in the subsequent meetings to be held by the DLIC.

In addition to that, it was proposed by the Secretary JKAACL that 10 festivals of a larger scale/scope– one in each district should be added to the list, the DLIC has given in principle approval for the same.

The meeting was attended by Director, Archives, Archeology and Museums J&K, Rahul Pandey, Additional Secretary J&K Art, Culture and Languages, Chief Engineer PWD, Chief Engineer JPDCL, Deputy Director Planning, Joint Director, Tourism besides senior officers of concerned Departments.