State gets cultural policy
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.
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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