Principal Secretary Education Kamlesh Kumar Pant presided over the review meeting of activities being taken under Ek Bharat Shreastha Bharat, a flagship programme of Government of India here today, in which Himachal Pradesh is paired with Kerala for cultural exchange.
Principal Secretary said that Ek Bharat Shreastha Bharat provides an opportunity to establish cultural exchanges between people of different regions, as a means to further strengthen human bonding and a common approach to nation-building. During the meeting he directed the concerned departments to organised activities as per guidelines issued under Ek Bharat Shreastha Bharat. He asked the officers of State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation and Tourism department to organise high impact exhibitions in Kerala to highlight the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of Himachal Pradesh. He also directed the Ayurveda department to showcase their best practices in Kerala.
He directed the departments to get in touch with their counterparts of Kerala, as it is high in social index, thus promoting the idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between denizens of the partnering state. To promote the programme, he directed the concerned departments to merge the activities of the department with Ek Bharat Shreastha Bharat programme. He also directed the officers of the concerned departments to appoint a nodal officer for the programme.
During the meeting it was informed that a five days interaction programme would be organised under Ek Bharat Shreastha Bharat at Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) from 9th to 13th March, 2020 between 30 participants from Himachal and 30 participants from Kerala as part of this cultural exchange programme.