A Heritage cabinet will now protect ancient monuments, temples, archaeological sites in Odisha, and initiate steps to preserve the state's culture, language and literature.
A notification in this regard was issued by the state government on last Wednesday.
The decision to constitute the heritage cabinet was taken at a cabinet meeting held at Puri in December last year.
As per the gazette notification, the heritage cabinet will comprise of eight members headed by the Chief Minister. The other members of the cabinet are finance minister, Odia language, literature & culture, tourism minister, handlooms, textiles & handicrafts minister, ST& SC development, minorities & backward classes welfare department minister, higher education minister, school & mass education minister and electronics & information technology minister.
The Chief Secretary will officiate as secretary of the heritage cabinet and the secretary of Odia language, literature & culture department will be the convenor and secretaries of all the departments concerned will be special invitees.
The cabinet will co-ordinate with organisations working for preservation, promotion and enrichment of the language, literature history and culture of the State. The cabinet will also advise Odia language, literature & culture and related departments in policy making.
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