This Gandhi Jayanthi day, the State government will launch a project under the community archives scheme to trace, record and conserve the places visited by Mahatma Gandhi in Kerala, Minister for Ports and Museum Kadannappally Ramachandran has said.

The Minister, speaking after distributing special aid for selected heritage clubs here on Friday, said the initiative was to preserve the important historical records for the future generations.

“We have already begun a community-level initiative to collect the historically important documents and manuscripts from individuals and institutions. Temples, churches and mosques are all part of the initiative,” said Mr. Ramachandran. He also expressed the willingness of the Archives Department to conserve the historically important documents now being kept at the Moidumoulavi museum in Kozhikode.

A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, who chaired the event, said the demolition of heritage structures such as Hazoor Kacheri and a building at East Hill where William Logan wrote the famous Malabar Manual were unforgettable episodes that insulted the heritage of the State.

K.K. Mohammed, former Regional Director of the Archaeological Survey of India, said it was time to come up with a participatory conservation programme for the restoration of forgotten historical sites. Director of Archives Department P. Biju, Director of Archaeology Department J. Rajikumar, were present at the event.

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