New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) Twenty heritage sites, including two ancient mounds at Rakhigarhi in Haryana and the centuries-old Anangtal in Delhi, have been identified for the nationally significant label, the government said.
Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy shared the details in a written response to a question to Lok Sabha on whether the central government has identified any new historical and religious places in the country that can be declared monuments/sites of national importance within the last three years. .
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Other sites include rock painting at Chintakunta, Andhra Pradesh; Murgi rock art site in Rdanag, Leh; Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kalesar (Manyala Panchayat), Himachal Pradesh, according to information shared.
Seven mounds (RGR 1-RGR 7) scattered around two villages (Rakhi Khas and Rakhi Shahpur) in Hisar district of Haryana are part of the Harappan era Rakhigarhi archaeological site. RGR 7 is a cemetery site when it was a well-organized city, ASI said in May.
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The Rakhigarhi site is one of the “five iconic sites” declared by the central government in the Union Budget 2020-21.
Asked whether the government is proposing to establish the King Vikramaditya memorial in the Panipat parliamentary constituency in coordination with the state government, the minister replied that “there is no such plan to this day”.
Citing Indian Council of Historical Research, Ministry of Education as a source, Union Culture Minister said historian Sunil Kumar Sarker mentions in his book that Himu fought 22 battles and was victorious everywhere. but that “the same fact has not been furnished” by many others.
Historians, however, appreciate his strategic skills and mention the various battles he won. Many of those battles he fought must have been against Afghans who rioted against his employer Adil Shah, he said.
In response to another question, he said, no specific proposal has been received by the Ministry of Culture for the renovation of “Rabindra Bhavans” in the country since 2015.
In addition, 55 monuments and sites are declared protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 in Assam.
Three monuments have been identified for declaration as monuments of national significance in Mizoram over the past five years, the government said.
Responding to a question whether the government has a plan for the protection and preservation of ancient temples in Tamil Nadu, he said the temples under the jurisdiction of ASI in the southern state are in a “good state of preservation and regular conservation work is undertaken” by ASI from time to time.
Also, Rs 15 crore has been provided by ASI for the protection and preservation of centrally protected monuments in Tamil Nadu, including temples, for the year 2022-23, according to data shared by it.
On a question about the Baba Baidyanath Dham in the Deoghar of Jharkhand, the government said that it is not an ASI protected monument.
“There is no such provision for the conservation of Baba Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand by ASI,” the minister said.
Over the past five years (2017-18 to 2021-22), 13 state governments and 50 corporations, self-governing bodies, local bodies and trusts registered under the Companies Registration Act of 1860 have received assistance funding to establish and develop museums under the Museum Grant Scheme, he said in response to another question.
In addition, over the past five years (2017-18 to 2021-2022), 39 existing museums have been strengthened and upgraded under the museum grant scheme, the government said.
The current number of recipients according to the latest selection under the veteran artist financial aid schemes stands at 2,251, he said in response to another question.
In response to a question about the National Culture Fund (NCF), he stated in a written reply that the government established the NCF as a trust on 28 November 1996 under the Charitable Endowment Act, 1890 for the purpose of mobilize additional resources through the private public sector. partnerships (PPP) for the promotion, protection and preservation of India’s cultural heritage.
“A donor/sponsor while making contributions to the NCF can indicate a project with any specific location/aspect and also an agency for the execution of the project. In addition, accrued interests from primary and secondary corpora are also used for activities associated with the field of culture,” he said.
To ensure that ASI projects supported by the NCF are not delayed, a Project Implementation Committee (PIC) under the leadership of the DG, ASI Chair meets regularly and irons out any difficulties, if so, the minister said.
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