F. No. 6-1/2011-ZCC
Government of India
Ministry of Culture
Dated 30th June, 2011
Sub: Report of the Committee on Zonal Cultural Centres
With a view to preserve, promote and disseminate the plurality of India’s culture and traditional arts of all the States, Government of India had in 1985/1986 set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) with their headquarters at Patiala, Udaipur, Nagpur, Thanjavur, Allahabad, Kolkata and Dimapur.
The Central Advisory Board on Culture, in a meeting chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister in his capacity as the then Culture Minister, suggested a review of the functioning of the ZCCs over the last 25 years.
Therefore, to review the functioning and performance of the seven ZCCs, the Ministry of Culture, vide its Resolution dated 12th August 2010, constituted a Committee on ZCCs, with the following composition:
Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar - Chairperson
Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra - Member
Shri Amol Palekar - Member
The terms of reference of the Committee included the following:
(a) Examine the action taken on the recommendations made by Prof. U. R. Ananthamurthy Committee that was constituted in 1994;
(b) Ascertain whether the ZCCs have fulfilled the objectives for which they were set up and reasons for the shortcomings, if any;
(c) Examine whether all/some of the ZCCs need to be wound up and/or merged with some other existing body/bodies;
(d) Suggest structural or functional changes required and any new or relevant directions which could be given to the ZCCs to improve their functioning, if they are to be continued; and
(e) Suggest whether any expansion of the ZCCs network is called for.
The Committee undertook wide consultations and held several meetings during its tenure. Apart from present and past Directors of the ZCCs, it held discussions with several eminent cultural personalities. The Committee members also undertook visits of the ZCCs to acquaint themselves with the actual position on the ground. Having completed its task, the Committee has, on 11th April 2011, presented its Report to Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister of Culture. A soft copy of the Report (in 3 volumes) is attached.
Before taking a view on Committee’s recommendations, which envisage wide-ranging changes in the structure and functioning of the ZCCs, Ministry of Culture has decided to seek the views/comments of all stakeholders, through its website.
All those interested in the subject, from amongst the general public, are requested to go through the Report and offer their views/ comments on the Recommendations of the Committee contained in Chapter 13 of Volume – I, latest by the 15th of September 2011. They may mail their views/ comments to email@example.com and repeat to firstname.lastname@example.org
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