Published on: April 10, 2023

Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar Survey

Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar Survey

Why in news? Government has identified and documented distinctive features of more than one lakh villages across the country under Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar Survey.


  • By whom – Ministry of Culture and Common Services Centres (CSC), under the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MEITY)
  • Exercise is conducted under the Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar (My Village My Heritage) programme of the National Mission for Cultural Mapping (NMCM).
  • Who is doing the survey – Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA)
  • Why is the survey taken –
    • To develop a comprehensive database of art forms, artists and other resources across the country
    • The survey seeks to document the cultural identity at the village level by involving citizens to share their village, block, or district unique.

How the villages are mapped ?

  • Villages may be those
    • Which produce a famous textile or product
    • Connected to some historical or mythological events such as the Independence struggle or epics like the Mahabharata.
    • Ecological category, for example, includes the Bishnoi village near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, which is a case study for living in harmony with nature, and Uttarakhand’s Raini village, which is famous for the Chipko movement
    • Villages of developmental importance like Modhera in Gujarat, which is the first solar-powered village in India
  • Suketi in Himachal Pradesh, Asia’s oldest fossil park, and Pandrethan in Kashmir, the village of Shaivite mystic Lal Ded, are also classified for their historical importance