Jammu: Terming historic record as rich cultural & linguistic heritage, Advisor to Chief Minister, Professor Amitabh Mattoo today called for taking concerted steps for its preservation and restoration.
“The records of archaeological characteristic is a treasure trove and act as a medium to know our rich heritage” , Prof Amitabh Mattoo said as he visited to State Achieves Repository, Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Dogra Art Museum and Jammu Kala Kendra.
During the visit, Prof Mattoo took stock of the repositories such as political, army, revenue, home & other department’s records. He also visited archives reference library & historical documents section and received detailed information about the process for gaining access to this treasure trove.
Prof. Mattoo commended the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums for preserving the priceless treasure of State’s heritage.
“Every individual must contribute towards its preservation, so that this valued heritage could be passed on to the next generation”, he asserted”.
Stressing on using new technology for, Prof. Mattoo asked the concerned to go for digitization of the archives to enable people across the world to have easy access to the State’s history.
He also called for modernizing of the State Archives to make it a source of attraction for the scholars, researchers and tourists.
“Archives have become an important & reliable source of historical researches and it is important that the Archives Department take required measures for streamlining the entire spectrum of archival material”, he asserted.
He said that the government was seeking international consultations for maintaining and preserving the valuable archaeological remains and artifacts of the state.
“Every State has its own heritage to preserve and to be a part of the tourism sector,” he added.
Later, Prof. Mattoo also paid a visit to Jammu Philatelic Festival cum Exhibition organized by Department of posts at Jammu Kala Kendra.
Prof. Matto was accompanied by Secretary, Department of Culture Dilshad Khan, Director, Archives, Archaeology & Museums, Mohammad Shafi Zahid and other senior functionaries of the concerned departments.