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Special article vol.31

Culture Ministry Initiatives

On completion of 2 years of Swachhata Abhiyan, Ministry of Culture has taken up various initiatives including creating permanent mechanism of cleanliness for all organisations under it and to spread awareness through various cultural activities involving all its organisations. It has also made efforts to spread swachhata awareness through Music, Dance and Drama by its Academies and to maintain cleanliness at all ASI Protected Monuments.

All ASI Protected historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites have been declared Polythene Free Zone. Advisory  has been issued to all State Government/UTs to support ASI in keeping Monuments Polythene Free upto 300 meters from the protected boundaries of the Monuments.

Ministry of Culture has sanctioned Rs. 350 crores to provide facilities like Protected Boundaries, Toilets and Disabled Friendly Access in all ASI Protected Monuments. Work has been awarded to PSUs like WAPCOS and TCIL to complete the work in the current financial year 2016-17.

ASI has ranked top 25 ADARSH Monuments on the basis of Cleanliness parameters such as amenities like toilets, green lawns, Polythene Free Zone, signage for awareness, disabilities access, drinking water and provision for garbage bins etc.

Rani ki Vav, a world Heritage Site has been declared as the cleanest iconic place in the country by Hon’ble Prime Minister at Indian Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Swachh Bharat messages have been printed on entry tickets of Monuments to spread awareness.


Activities such as Street Plays, Music, Dance and Drama are organised by all the Academies to spread awareness about cleanliness. IGNCA has made a promotional film based on the theme “Swachhata Devatava Ek Samaan” to promote awareness of Swachhata at religious places.