Cabinet Minister Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch today assumed charge as
Union Minister of Culture. Talking to newspersons after taking over, she
said, it has been an honour for her to have been appointed Culture
Minister of this great country which has a long legacy of both tangible
and intangible cultural heritage. She said, it is especially a privilege
to be head of this Ministry in a period of increasing global engagement
when we are entering into an era of cultural dialogue which is dictated
by new developments and technologies. She said, the challenge before us
is both to preserve our historical legacy while incorporating and
fostering an environment for development of evolving cultural spaces.
Culture is not only an abstract concept but also contributes to the
daily lives of people both in terms of cultural and economic aspects.
The Minister said, she would like to focus on increased coordination
with the Ministries of Tourism, HRD and External Affairs to ensure a
focused and coordinated efforts to promote culture which not only
project India’s soft power, but also benefit the cultural and economic
lives of all our citizens. Listing her priorities, she said, her focus
would be on -
(i) Dialogue with the State Governments to ensure that our monuments are
more visitors friendly.
(ii) To improve the quality of our museums and introduce the best
practices in them.
(iii) To promote both classical and folk arts through the various
organizations under the Ministry and foster a vibrant relationship with
a very large number of autonomous organizations which are part of this
(iv) To energize the Library Mission and to harness existing
technologies for this purpose as well as to promote archival
(v) To encourage partnership with the private sector in preserving and
promoting India’s culture.