Punjab government on Monday signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) Unesco to prepare specialized policy for preservation of Punjabi culture and heritage and set aside Rs 100 crore for the purpose.
“Punjab has become first state in the country to choose professional model to preserve cultural heritage of the state and has signed a MoU in this regard with Unesco,” said a spokesperson of Punjab’s Cultural Affairs department.
The spokesperson said that Punjab is rich in tangible and intangible cultural heritage ranging from archaeological remains of the 5,000 year old Indus civilization right up to the planning and construction of Chandigarh.
“The heritage of the state displays rich evidence of being a thriving and much sought after gateway to the subcontinent and a key stop along important trade routes such as the linkages to the Silk road and later the Grand Trunk Road; encompassing not only tangible assets of archaeology and architecture but a rich philosophy, poetry, spirituality, crafts, artistry, music, cuisine and multifold traditions,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that the state government had sought the assistance of UNESCO which aims to protect and promote natural and cultural heritage, tangible and intangible, moveable and immoveable while enhancing international mutual understanding among nations and people.
“In the first phase, focus will be laid on preservation of Monuments and museums identified by UNESCO,” said the spokesperson, adding that Punjab government is making efforts to preserve and conserve these sites by adopting modern and scientific techniques.
The spokesperson added that the department of Culture, Archaeology and Museum had taken a unique and visionary initiative to develop a State Cultural Heritage Policy in order to guide the use of Rs 100 crore funds in all fields with relevance to the cultural heritage and helping to improve institutional, legal and other frameworks to better preserve, manage and sustainable use its cultural heritage.