Art and Culture department generates INR 28.4 lakh revenue in 2018
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Aug. 23: The different sectors of Art and Culture department generated revenue of INR 28,41,131 in 2018. This is revealed in a handbook called “Nagaland Basic Facts 2018” compiled by the department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR).
The revenue earned by different sectors of the department is: INR 1,75,750 from state museum entry ticket; state academy hall rent (28 times) – INR 1,28,000; sale of department publication – INR 1,10,618; WW II museum entry ticket – INR 1, 28,500; photography fee from state museum – INR 40,990; photography fee from WW II museum – INR 50,300; NST/VAT – INR 20,06,982; and heritage rent – INR 2,00,000.
The activities supported by Art and Culture department are: Promotion of culture; promotion of library services; archaeology; development of archives; registration of antiquities and art treasures; cultural research and studies; promotion and development of visual arts; development of museums; and protection of heritage sites.
The reported mentioned that the department in its support for fine arts have creative ethnic designed, fabricated and befittingly decorated for VVIP rostrum at the state capital during important government programme and celebrations, and organised artists’ corner at the WW II museum premises in Kisama for display and sale of artworks of the artists.
“The department in providing public library service has one state library; one museum library; 11 district libraries and 601 enlisted rural libraries, the report maintained. And with the financial allocation from Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation Kolkata and Nagaland government in the ratio of 90:10 the department was giving assistance to the enlisted rural libraries, district libraries and state library,” it said.
The state library has 3472 books with new enrolment of 197 members, and the construction of state library annexe with modern ambience such as CCTV camera to name a few was funded by the National Mission on Libraries (NML) government of India.
The state museum received six VVIPs, 70 VIPs, 2140 students, and 1408 police, para-military personnel, NCC and Scout and Guides in 2018.
Archaeology and registration of antiquities: Protection and preservation of some important legendary sites include historical site at Chungliyimti in Tuensang and wooden sculpture at Shangnyu in Mon. The registration of antiquities during 2017-18 was 15 and antiquities registered till 2018 is 1910.
The department stated that in the state archive, the classification of records was more than 178 files; private papers collected 30 articles; 500 files photocopied and preserved in the record room; more than 1000 documents digitised in order to preserve the documents in its original form; and the research facilities rendered its help to more than 132 research scholars, public leaders and administrators.
It also maintained that the department awarded financial assistance to 225 cultural organisations.