Promoting culture: Lok Virsa budget increase recommended

Senate panel suggests centre focus on Seraiki, build hostel, cinema, musical academy


APP December 30, 2016
Lok Virsa Deputy Director Anwarul Haq said that the Lok Virsa aimed to preserve the cultural and historical value of Pakistan. PHOTO: lokvirsa.org.pk

ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel on Friday recommended that the annual budget of Lok Virsa should be increased to Rs500 million to boost its efforts to preserve and promote cultural heritage of less developed areas.

The panel further recommended building a hostel, a cinema and establish a musical academy.

During a meeting Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas at the Parliament House, performance of Lok Virsa was reviewed.

Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fauzia Saeed said that the institution dealt with research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional culture and heritage.

To a question, she informed the committee that all contract employees at the centre would be regularised soon as per government policy.

Detailing Lok Virsa’s achievements, she said that they had established two national museums: a heritage museum depicting the culture of all provinces and regions. The second was the Pakistan Monument Museum which presents history of Pakistan through a three-dimensional a state-of-the-art media center and a unique reference library.

Dr Saeed added that Lok Virsa had also published over 100 books on different facets of Pakistani culture.      Moreover, she said that Lok Virsa had arranged number of events to promote the culture and music of less developed areas of the country. She added that they also show films of other areas and countries.

The Senate body, headed by Senator Usman Khan Kakar, appreciated Lok Virsa’s performance.

Reviewing documents provided by Lok Virsa about Seraiki, senators said it lacked detail and recommended Lok Virsa arrange events on Seraiki and to promote cultural heritage of the Seraiki belt.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2016.

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