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Swadesh Darshan Scheme: First project North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom launched

The first project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme ‘North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom’ was inaugurated in Manipur. The project covers two sites i.e. Kangla Fort and Khongjom in Manipur. Under this project, Union Tourism Ministry has carried out works such as restoration and improvement of outer and inner moat of old Govindajee Temple and rejuvenation of sacred ponds, reconstruction of old rampart, among others.

Key Facts

Kangla Fort is one of the most important historic and archaeological site of Manipur located in the heart of the capital city Imphal. It had served as tradition seat of past Meetei rulers of Manipur till 1891. The old Govindajee Temple is the largest Hindu, Vaishnav temple in Imphal city in Manipur. It is located next to Kangla Fort, palace of the former rulers of the then Manipur Kingdom. Its outer and inner moat and other relics are perfect reflections of the rich art and architectural heritage of Manipur.

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

The scheme was Union Tourism Ministry with an objective to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits will be developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner. It is 100% centrally funded scheme for the project components undertaken for public funding. It also has provision for leveraging voluntary funding under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector. The funding of projects under this scheme vary from state to state. It is finalised on the basis of detailed project reports prepared by Programme Management Consultant (PMC) which is national level consultant for implementing the scheme.

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Rs. 904.80 Lakhs received as part of CSR under National Culture Fund

Ministry of Culture has announced that it has received Rs. 904.80 Lakhs for conservation and maintenance work of historical monuments as contributions part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under National Culture Fund (NCF). It also has revenue collected through various sources like ticketing, Parking, photography, filming, and from holding cultural events from selected centrally protected monument which has been deposited in Consolidated Fund of India.

National Culture Fund (NCF)

NCF was established as Trust under Charitable Endowment Act, 1890 as funding mechanism distinct from existing sources and patterns of funding for arts and culture in India. It aims at inviting individuals as well as private institutions in the task of promoting, protecting and preserving India’s cultural heritage.

It is managed and administered by council headed by Union Culture Minister and decides the policies. Its Executive Committee is headed by Secretary, Ministry of Culture which actualizes those policies. All projects undertaken by NCF are completed within specified period in accordance with MoU signed by it with concerned donor organization.

Union Government had granted one-time corpus fund to NCF, apart from this, there is no fund allocated by to. It receives contributions and voluntary donations as endowments from many other sources. Donations and contributions to NCF are eligible for 100% tax deduction under Income Tax Act, 1961 subject to limits and conditions prescribed.

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