Database on Cultural Heritage

By Accommodation Times News Services

The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch has said that National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA) was launched in 2007 with the objective to prepare a National database on built heritage, sites and antiquities from secondary sources. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act of 1972 has been enacted with the objective to regulate the export trade in antiquities and art treasures, to provide for the prevention of smuggling of and fraudulent dealings in antiquities, to provide for the compulsory acquisition of antiquities and art treasures for preservation in public places and to provide for certain other matters connected therewith or incidental or ancillary thereto.

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