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Govt to tweak ancient monuments act to make it flexible

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Syllabus: Indian Culture – Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.



The government is working to bring amendments to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act-1958, which stipulates area around the protected monuments to make it “more flexible and friendly”.

What is AMASR Act 1958?

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (or AMASR Act) is an act of parliament of the government of India that provides for the preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance, for the regulation of archaeological excavations and for the protection of sculptures, carvings and other like objects.

Need for new amendment:

  • To rationalize prohibited and regulated zones following controversies over development projects pertaining to different monuments.
  • To give more teeth to the ASI to remove encroachments from regulated zones around the monuments and hold the local authorities liable.
  • To create standardization for the inclusion of site/monument in the ASI list and if the need arises, monuments can also be dropped from the list.
  • To recheck the reason for having 100-metre and 300-metre limits as a recent Parliamentary Standing Committee report had also alluded to the fact that there was no specific reason behind these.


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Practice Question:

Q. Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss. (10M) (UPSC CSE 2018)

Source: The Hindu