Social and Cultural Planning in India

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Social and Cultural Planning in India aims at preserving the social and cultural heritage of India. The Ministry of Culture strives to promote, preserve, and portray the art forms and diverse culture of India in a planned and organized manner.

The Ministry has indulged in a number of promotional activities in order to support India's cultural heritage which are enlisted below:
  • Maintaining archival libraries and records
  • Important National personalities of the society are honored by observing centenaries and anniversaries in their name
  • Conservation and maintenance of archaeological sites and historical monuments
  • Promotion of museums and art exhibitions
  • Promoting Buddhist and Tibetan study institutions
  • Building relations with foreign countries
Various autonomous bodies have been set up for promoting, disseminating, and preserving Indian culture. Some of them are Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (New Delhi), Nava Nalanda Maha Vihara (Bihar), Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (Kolkata), Kalakshetra Foundation (Chennai), Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi), and Salar Jung Museum (Hyderabad).

The Government of India has established some important Acts to facilitate social and cultural planning in India such as:

  • Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958
  • The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act of 1972
  • The Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Act of 1952
  • Public Records Act of 1993
As far as social planning in India is concerned, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has played a significant role too. This Ministry is focused in areas of:
  • Social Defense
  • Schedule Caste Welfare
  • Welfare of disabled persons
  • Welfare of backward class
  • Grants-in-Aid to NGOs
  • Justice to workers and employees
The chief aim of this Ministry is to uplift the marginalized and to help them come to a position of being self-reliant.

Efficient and considerate Social and Cultural Planning in India is the need of the hour. It is thus, the prime duty of the Government as well as the general populace to work together in striving to make India a premium destination for tourists across the world.

Last updated on 4/28/2011