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10 Monuments to be open for public from sunrise till 9 PM

Union Culture and Tourism Minister of State (independent charge) Prahlad Patel announced that 10 centrally protected monuments across India will be open to public from sunrise till 9 p.m. Currently gates of most monuments are closed for visitors by 5:30-6 pm.

Key Highlights

Change in timings will be effective for a period of 3 years.

Extended timings will apply to-

  1. Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi
  2. Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi
  3. Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar
  4. Dulhadev Temple in Khajuraho
  5. Shekh Chilli Tomb in Kurukshetra
  6. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal in Karnataka
  7. Gol Gumbaj in Karnataka
  8. Group of Temples in Maharashtra (Markanda)
  9. Man Mahal in Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi)
  10. Rani ki Baav in Paatan, Gujarat.

Background

Proposal to keep some tourist sites open till 9 pm was 1st proposed by former Union Minister of State for Culture, and Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam who favoured that tourists should be given maximum opportunity to visit heritage sites.

Later a committee formed by two ministries (Culture Ministry and Tourism Ministry) to discuss proposals coming in from states had discussed 35 such monuments which were proposed to be kept open till 10 pm for public. However, a decision was taken by committee to introduce new timings in 10 of sites in first phase and restrict time till 9 pm.

West Bengal CM launches ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ campaign

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee launched a unique initiative called ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell your sister) campaign to reach out to people of State. This campaign for common masses, is devised to entertain voters’ regarding various issues for which phone number (9137091370) and website www.didikaybolo.com are also launched. The move is being seen as fresh plans to mobilise people and strengthen party at booth level ahead of Assembly polls due in 2021.

Didi Ke Bolo initiative

The Didi Ke Bolo initiative or Tell Didi (Ms. Banerjee) has been developed as a platform with phone number and website to communicate directly with Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief.

Its online platform will be monitored by a special IT team who will coordinate with Chief Minister for her prompt reply on issues raised by people across West Bengal.

Under the campaign-

A team will monitor complaints lodged by people against any issue and will convey them to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who will then personally respond to complainants through social media which could be Facebook, WhatsApp, text or voice messages.

More than 1,000 elected representatives and TMC party functionaries will visit more than 10,000 villages and urban habitations to listen to people. As part of an enhanced public relations campaign functionaries will also spend night in those habitations and also listen to residents of area.

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