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Protection of Revolutionary Relics Boosted in China

A county-specific conservation list has been announced to preserve heritage sites in order to promote the legacy of the nation among young people.

The Preservation Of Memorials

The revolutionary years' heritage needs to be better protected in the sense of providing a pragmatic view to the young people about the efforts of their ancestors. It is a great chance to start such a plan with this year marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration has released a countrywide list of the cultural heritage specifically for the national revolutionary monuments. Gu Yucai, deputy director of the administration, at a news conference, reiterated the phrase once said by President Xi that our nation is Red and we won't let it fade away. The contribution of people during the revolutionary years could not be forgotten, more importantly, it is the base of our origin and our liberty.

The list includes 645 counties in 20 provinces, grouped in 15 areas nationwide. Among those regions, 13 were Communists' revolutionary bases used by the people during the war from 1927 to 1937 against Kuomintang-led forces.

Among all, two were headquarters of the Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army, fought against the Japanese invaders from 1937 to 1945 and led by the Communist Party of China.

The region of Jiangxi, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces are the largest of all 15 and includes 101 counties. The region served as the country's central revolutionary area in the early 1930s.

About the Plan

The notable revolutionary area will need comprehensive and coordinated that need augmentation form the current administration practices. The sites of the crucial revolutionary activity have a number of constructions but many of them are farmhouses and are not in a satisfying condition despite this relatively short existence.

In 2018, the Guangdong provincial government devised a five-year plan to allocate 300 million yuan ($44.7 million) annually for the maintenance of revolutionary heritage resources. Anhui province allocated 200 million yuan for maintenance.

As per regulations, the fund released by the central government was only used for the maintenance of national level heritage sites and county level heritage was under the local government authority. But recently released plan would authorize the central government to use the allocated funds for the preservation of all revolutionary heritage sites either national or local.

Sustainable development is the need of the hour because such programs could help in revitalizing the countryside and alleviate improvisation.

Gu said there is a need for sustainable development given that the program will also benefit the country's campaigns to revitalize the countryside and alleviate poverty.

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