The first meeting of the State Level Co-ordination Committee on Cultural Heritage was held yesterday at the Office Chamber of the Art & Culture Minister Mr. P.C. Zoram Sangliana.
The Minister said that the recent entry of Cheraw under the category of the largest Bamboo Dance in the Guinness Book of World Records has resulted in the public becoming more aware about the need to preserve, protect and promote the rich cultural heritage of the Mizos and he expressed his happiness about the growing awareness. Talking about the need to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of Mizoram, the Minister added that people living in the vicinity of such sites should be very open to the preservation and the their upkeep, as they can be tourist attractions in the long run. He lauded the efforts of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Mizoram Cultural Organization (MCO) in educating the people about the preservation of cultural heritage

The meeting discussed the National Commission for Heritage Sites Bill, 2009, which was recently passed by the Parliament and the recently amended Ancient Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958 in the context of preservation of cultural heritage in Mizoram. The meeting decided to set up a Sub-Committee under the Chairpersonship of the Art & Culture Secretary to study these Acts and suggest steps to incorporate them with the Mizoram Heritage Sites Conservation Bill, which is being drafted.