- Special grant scheme launched for the conservation of folk art, music and culture in UP
- Culture department will provide grants to the gram panchayats of the state
By Our Correspondent
Lucknow: Committed to preserving the folk art, culture and local culture of Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi government has launched a special grant scheme and has directed the Department of Culture to provide musical instruments to every gram panchayat to give patronage to folk art and culture in the state.
The Department of Culture is working on a detailed action plan and will provide a grant for the purchase of a set of musical instruments which includes harmonium, dholak, jhal, manjira, kartal and ghungroo etc.
Under this scheme, a maximum grant of Rs 15,000 will be made available on the purchase of musical instrument sets worth Rs 30,000 or more. Apart from providing musical instruments, work is also going on for awarding the artists.
District Magistrate will select gram panchayats
This scheme will be implemented in all the gram panchayats of the state but at the initial level, the District Magistrate will make the list of 50 gram panchayats and hand it over it to the Culture Department where such cultural activities have been taking place. If a sufficient number of applications are not received from the District Magistrate, applications submitted by the District Tourism and Culture Council will also be accepted.
Over 229 villages selected for rural tourism will be included in the project. Within one month of receiving the grant from the department, it will be mandatory for each village panchayat to purchase musical instruments and make available their bills, photographs and other details to the Culture Department, Uttar Pradesh. In case of failure, the right to take recovery action will be reserved with the Director of the Culture Department.
Gram Panchayats will be encouraged
The name of the Department of Culture will be inscribed on the musical instruments being purchased. Apart from this, if more than Rs 30,000 is spent on the purchase of musical instruments, a maximum grant of Rs 15,000 will be provided by the department, while the rest will have to be borne by the Gram Panchayat itself.
Furthermore, village panchayats will be encouraged to organize cultural events at their level whose details and expenditure items will be made available to the Culture Department on an annual basis.
Congregations will get the benefit
Through the grant scheme, efforts will be made to benefit Bhajan Kirtan Mandali, Nukkad Natak Mandali, Guru-Shishya Parampara, regional folk song/ dance, bhajan and musical troupes active at the village panchayat level.
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