Use of Vacant land available near Monuments: Minister of Culture

By Accommodation Times News Service

The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch has said that the funds are spent by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for maintenance and preservation of protected historical monuments and heritage sites in the country as per the budget allocations to the ASI. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, the ASI permits usage of specific protected areas of some selected centrally protected monuments/sites in the country for holding cultural events by Government Department and Public sector organizations, of high standard, preferably classical music, dance and drama on payment of charges, ranging from Rs. 10,000/-to Rs. 50,000/- per day for different monuments. These charges are deposited in the Consolidated Fund of Government of India, whereas the expenditure for conservation work of the protected monuments is met under allocations in the regular budget of the ASI.

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