Punjab becomes second state to have culture policy as cabinet approves draft

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Chandigarh, 24 August(Wishav Warta): The cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday approved the new Punjab State Culture Policy, making it the second state in the country, after Manipur, to have such a policy for the protection and preservation of its rich cultural heritage. Besides safeguarding and conserving the cultural heritage of the state, the new policy would help promote the quality of its art and culture.

The formulation of the policy was preceded by a series of meetings undertaken by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs with eminent historians, writers, poets and other renowned personalities from music and film industry, an official spokesperson said after the cabinet meeting.  The policy was drafted on the basis of the inputs, suggestions and recommendations received from all the stakeholders.

The policy has several objectives, including protection, preservation and conservation of the state’s rich cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, besides raising awareness amongst the younger generation about it. The focus in the policy is on inculcating human values and spirit of tolerance to further promote and strengthen peace and harmony to create a healthy society, besides cementing the bonds of national unity and integrity though the ethos of cultural diversity.