Srinagar,August 06(Scoop News) – Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Culture, met N. N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, at Raj Bhavan here this evening.
During their over hour and a half meeting, the Governor and the Union Minister discussed the measures being taken for the conservation, preservation and showcasing of the rich cultural heritage of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. The Governor observed that State has a rich treasure of monuments and other icons of cultural heritage which are invaluable from the historical, cultural and civilisational perspectives and, besides, are of signal importance as symbols of the centuries old secular traditions of our country.
The Governor urged the Union Minister to consider a sharper focus on the more important of the 69 monuments which are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the 39 which are looked after by the State Archives Department. The Governor also solicited Kumari Selja’s interest and support in the Mughal Gardens of Kashmir securing World Heritage Site status from UNESCO.
Kumari Selja briefed the Governor about the current status of the various sites of archaeological and cultural heritage importance being conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. She also informed him about her present thinking in regard to provision of enlarged attention to J&K’s cultural heritage and asked the DG, Archaeological Survey of India to provide all required technical support for the J&K Department of Culture to finalize the documentation for the recognition of Mughal Gardens of Kashmir as a World Heritage Site.
Dr. Gautam Sengupta, Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, was present in the meeting.