LAHORE Punjab Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs Dr Tanvir-ul-Islam has said that Punjab Arts Council was responsible for approving scripts of drams and it was up to the home department to take action against any violation. Responding to a supplementary question of Tahir Mehmood Hundali during Question Hour at the Punjab Assembly floor on Tuesday, the minister said that a scrutiny committee comprising known scholars, writers and journalists approve drama scripts after detailed evaluation. He said that it was responsibility of home department to take action against violation of script, use of suggestive language and provocative dances. Tahir Mehmood Hundali said that the minister was well aware about the state of affairs at stages and concrete steps should be taken to curb the menace of vulgarity and obscenity. PPP legislator Hassan Murtaza challenged ministers assertion that personalities like Amjad Islam Amjad and Asghar Nadeem Syed were approving scripts as part of script scrutiny committee. He said that such personalities could not allow script carrying vulgar dialogues and provocative dances. Tanvir-ul-Islam asserted that all approved scripts carried signatures of scrutiny committee members. He said that no approved script carry any vulgar dialogue and it was responsibility of the home department to ensure that same thing happen during theatrical performances. Malik Amer Dogar said that the theaters have turned into dancing halls and were responsible for promoting vulgarity. He said that whenever known stage dancer perform in Multan, even rickshaws carry her provocative posters. He said that the government should ensure that no cinema hall was converted into theatre in future. The minister said that Multan Arts Council was working, encouraging and patronising cultural actives. He said that a number of artists from Multan including Pathanay Khan and Srayya Multaniker achieved distinction and were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance. To another supplementary question regarding award of contract for running canteen at Shalamar Garden, the minister said that the site was included in heritage list and such shop could not be allowed in the premises. He said that the government, however, awarded contract to a private parties for 10 days on the eve of Eidul Fitr. He said that Rs 50000 were earned from the contract and the same amount was deposited to the government account. He said that the government has acquired 12 kanal and 9 marla land in the close vicinity for establishing parking stand and canteen to facilitate visitors. He said the garden was opened for visitors after fajar prayers. He said that opening of the garden at night could not be allowed due to security reasons. To another query, Tanvir-ul-Islam said that no garden in Multan was under the control of archeology department and as such no money was spent on maintenance.