GUWAHATI, Feb 12: Governor Gulab Chand Kataria convened a meeting to receive a briefing on the activities of the Indigenous and Tribal Faith and Culture Department in the presence of minister Nandita Gorlosa on Monday at Raj Bhavan.
The meeting was held to deliberate upon the multifaceted activities of the department, encompassing the comprehensive scope of its four directorates and their work. A wide array of topics, including best practices, the identification of role models, and the evaluation of key performances across the directorates, were discussed. Moreover, significant attention was devoted to aligning the departmental initiatives with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve targets and serve the people of the state better.
The meeting also took stock of the activities that the department has undertaken during the ‘Amrit Kaal’ to fulfill the aims and aspirations of the people in meeting a prosperous and sustainable future. The Governor also emphasised the preservation of folk and oral traditions, recognising their intrinsic value as repositories of cultural heritage. He, therefore, underscored the pivotal role heritage tourism can play in showcasing the rich socio-cultural practices of indigenous communities.
Moreover, the Governor also stressed the preservation of original manuscripts and textual resources as they are invaluable repositories of indigenous knowledge. He also emphasised the need for concerted efforts to translate these resources into English, Hindi, and local languages.
In addition, the Governor advocated for strategic partnerships with universities to facilitate research for higher knowledge and innovation. Moreover, he stressed the need for digitising museums to facilitate people from across the world in accessing the rich resources of the ancient cultural heritage of the state. He also advocated for using the services of technology giants such as Google to amplify the visibility of these cultural resources.
Commissioner and secretary, Indigenous and Tribal Faith and Culture Department, Ranjan Sarma gave the presentation about the department and its directorates in the meeting. Commissioner and secretary to the Governor, SS Meenakshi Sundaram, and other senior officers from the Indigenous & Tribal Faith and Culture Department and Raj Bhavan were present during the meeting.