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Current Affairs

State gets cultural policy

In news:

          The Karnataka State Cabinet approved a cultural policy for the State, which is first in India to have such a comprehensive policy, aimed at promoting Kannada culture and language.

Major focus areas of policy:

         Aim at formulating measures to curb the tendency of banning Kannada books for trivial reasons

          Decentralization of the Department of Kannada and Culture

          Formation of search committees to select chairpersons to various academies and authorities to de-politicise appointments

          Establishment of art galleries in every district

          Formulation of separate programmes to help artistes in distress

        Establishment of separate Bayalata, Sugama Sangeeta and Nritya academies, and giving priority to local cinema culture.

Historical facts:

          The plan to have a cultural policy was first envisaged during the Janata Dal government in 1996.

        A Cabinet sub-committee headed by H.K. Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, studied the recommendations, including the financial implications of implementing it. After the sub-committee showed the green signal, the Cabinet approved it.


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GI Tag

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