New Delhi: In order to attract the younger generation to India’s rich and vast culture, the Union government has formulated a novel plan to fulfill the dreams of the poor kids to catch a glimpse of the country’s heritage.

The Ministry of Culture is all set to launch the ‘Cultural Heritage Young Leadership Programme’ under which each poor student will be paid Rs 500 for a trip to enjoy the cultural heritage sites. The programme will be flagged of by the Ministry on the occasion of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary on November 19.

After its idea of joining the youths to the preservation of the national heritage, the government will now provide an opportunity to the deprived section of children to relish the rich cultural heritage of India.

Union Cultural Minister Kumari Selja said on Friday, “The main focus of the government will be on children who come from the backward areas.” The government will fulfill the dreams of the children who have only read about the rich heritage buildings but cannot afford to relish the picturesque beauty of the mesmerizing structures.

The government will fund the school trips of the poor students to a cultural heritage of the country.
The Ministry will also distribute audio-visual material to the students related to the historical and cultural sites.

It is to be noted, a programme was launched on Novemebr 19, 2007 to engage children in conservation of the monumental structures. Under this programme, the students took an oath to protect the heritage of India and to make others aware of the same. The programme was also incorporated by the CBSE to spread the message among the kids all over the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has constituted the National Monument Authority to prevent increasing encroachment on the historical sites. Selja informed, the decision of the authority will be final in eradicating illegal construction near the heritage sites.

JPN/Bureau