As India celebrates 75 years of Independence with “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Union Budget 2022 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman promised “Amrit Kaal”, a blueprint for another 25 years for India to celebrate 100 years. The annual outlay has given a keen impression on our own Cultural Minister, Shri Kishan Reddy, who has done great work in understanding the value of Indian Culture. Under the great guidance and governance of Shri Modi Ji and the exceptional efforts of Shri Kishan Reddy Ji, the cultural field received utmost importance all around the country. Another astonishing aspect during the Republic Day celebrations was the introduction of many art forms, not only classical but also tribal and folk. It enabled crores of people to know about some of these art forms which are on the verge of extinction.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman increased the budgetary allocation for the Culture Ministry for 2022-2023 by 11.9 percent compared to the Budget Estimate (BE) for 2021-2022. She proposed Rs 3,009.05 crore for the Culture Ministry. Autonomous bodies under the ministry like the Lalit Kala Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi and other institutions have been allocated Rs 1,023.33. Allocations include an outlay of Rs 994.32 crore for the Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana for five years (2021-26); increase in pension for old artists from Rs 4,000 a month to Rs 6,000 and promoting the Guru-Shishya Parampara through the increased financial help of up to Rs 15,000 for teachers and up to Rs 10,000 for students.