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Repository of documentary films on prominent shrines in offing: Rather
JAMMU, Apr 2: As a sequel to preserve and showcase the rich heritage of shrines of the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Board for Muslim specified Waqf and specified Waqf properties have decided to prepare documentaries on all prominent shrines affiliated with the Waqf Board, giving full details of historical, religious, social, cultural and educational perspectives. On the suggestion by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, who is also Chairman of the Waqf Board, the documentaries are being prepared through educational multimedia research Centre (EMMRC) University of Kashmir.

The proposal in this regard was discussed last night at the 40th meeting of the Finance Committee of Waqf Board held here under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather.

While discussing the proposal, about documentation and digitalization of the shrines, Rather said that it was need of the hour to preserve the authentic record of all prominent heritage shrines to prepare a repository for the posterity. He said that availability of funds shall not be any hurdle to fulfil this noble cause. In the first phase the EMMRC proposes to produce nine educational documentaries and 18,000 copies of multi-colour brochures (2000 for each shrine).

Rather emphasized that the documentaries must be based on authentic records of shrines, documenting their heritage and history interwoven with the statements of historians, religious leaders, mute- walis, devotees, besides religious practices, social and architectural richness. He said these documentaries would be telecast on Doordarshan and private channels on royalty basis and mass duplication on DVD for distribution and sale among masses. He said these documentaries would be a strong and effective medium to spread the message and reverence of the great sufi saints and alias (RA) to every distant home of not only Muslims but people of all shades of faith. One documentary shall be exclusively about the history of Waqf, its evolution, management and maintenance and overview of various steps taken by the Waqf Board in the overall development of the Waqf properties and affairs.

The Finance Committee also discussed with other members the works plan of the Waqf Board for the current financial year 2013-14 involving an expenditure of Rs 13.55 crore. The works plan will be placed before the Waqf Board for approval.

News Updated at : Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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