Koraput tribal mu­seum re­mains non-starter thanks to State cal­lous­ness

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOUCS -

EVEN as the State govern­ment boasts of boost­ing the tourism sec­tor, it has re­port­edly failed to fur­nish the re­quired doc­u­ments to the Cen­tre for get­ting grants for devel­op­ment of a tribal mu­seum at Koraput even af­ter re­peated re­minders by the Union govern­ment since 2009.

The govern­ment had sent a pro­posal to the Union Cul­ture and Tourism Min­istry in De­cem­ber 2009 for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance un­der Mu­seum Grant Scheme for devel­op­ment of a tribal mu­seum at Koraput. How­ever, when the Min­istry asked for the re­quired in­for­ma­tion, it did not com­ply af­ter re­peated re­minders leav­ing the Cen­tre with no op­tion but to shelve the pro­posal. “The pro­posal re­ceived in Novem­ber, 2009 was ex­am­ined in the Min­istry and was found in­com­plete. De­fi­ciency Memo was sent to the or­ga­ni­za­tion on 29 De­cem­ber 2009 to fur­nish the req­ui­site in­for­ma­tion/ doc­u­ments. A re­minder was is­sued on 12 Fe­bru­ary 2014. Since no re­ply was re­ceived from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the pro­posal was re­viewed and closed for want of re­ply,” said Union Cul­ture & Tourism Min­is­ter Shri­pad Yesso Naik in a writ­ten re­ply in the Lok Sabha on Tues­day.

The Min­is­ter in­formed the House that there is no sep­a­rate scheme in the Min­istry for pro­mo­tion of tribal cul­ture and mu­seum. He said un­der the ex­ist­ing schemes, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance is given for pro­mo­tion of cul­ture and museums, in­clud­ing tribal cul­ture and tribal mu­seum.

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