Bangalore: Since 1996, a cultural policy was on the backburner, but now the staunch Kannada supporter Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s cabinet has approved a cultural policy for the state. If implemented, Karnataka will be the first state to have a comprehensive cultural policy in the country.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, TB Jayachandra said that the policy drafted by a six-member committee, headed by Baragur Ramachandrappa, has been approved by the cabinet.
With regards to the policy, Baragur Ramachandrappa says, one of the most important recommendation is to stop moral policing. There are two steps to this. According to the committee’s recommendations, the state police will be responsible for apprehending those resorting to moral policing. Also, a committee will be formed to create awareness against moral policing. The government, however, will have to make policies which can be implemented.
Other recommendations of the committee include setting up of a committee to create awareness on communal harmony in areas which are prone to communal tensions. The policy also aims to promote plurality, and an important recommendation is set up a committee to consider bans on literary works.
The policy also aims at the formation of search committees to select chairpersons for various academies.
TB jayachandra says, the tribal schools will be established to promote tribal art and culture. Sufi academy will also be established in order to create and spread communal harmony.