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No progress for promotion of traditional, cultural festivals of J&K, action plan awaits submission

Last Updated on December 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm

In an attempt to promote the traditional and cultural festivals of Jammu and Kashmir, scheme for Promotion of Traditional and Cultural Festivals was approved by the Administrative Council in July. Despite of the scheme implemented but criteria and action plans submitted for the scheme has yet been submitted by the majority of the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir valley. Whereas many action plans forwarded by Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division have still to be approved.

It is still doubtful over the funds utilization released for the scheme as current financial year is going to complete soon.

The Scheme for Promotion of Traditional and Cultural Festivals was approved to preserve and promote such festivals, which are part of composite culture, in consultation with respective divisional and district administration and all the stakeholders.

Thus, huge funds were provided for the implementation of scheme and for preparing the plans various committees were framed.

But to an utter shock, no progress has been made since the scheme has been initiated. As per reports, Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division submitted the action plans to the Directorate that too after the Divisional Level Committee found the details earlier furnished by the Deputy Commissioners as incomplete on certain important aspects and Kashmir valley, majority of the Deputy Commissioners have yet not come up with the respective action plan.

The question here arises that since only three months are left for current financial year to end and majority of the formalities are yet to be completed how the implementation of scheme will begin before March 2021, as per Daily Excelsior.

Also, Deputy Commissioners have yet to submit the revised list of religious places and historical monuments which need restoration along with short description of place, significance and photographs, which is imperative for implementation of Scheme for Revival, Restoration, Preservation and Maintenance of Architecture and Heritage approved by the Administrative Council in the month of July this year.