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ASI Act To Be Made More Flexible

Context:

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is working on an amendment to make the rule that governs the protection of monuments and archaeological sites “more flexible and people-friendly”

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Details
  2. What is the AMASR Act?
  3. About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Details:

  • The ASI is working to amend Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act 1958.
  • It particularly seeks to change the current 100-metre prohibited area around protected monuments to site-specific limits.

What is the AMASR Act?

  • It is an Act to provide 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.
  • It extends to the whole of India.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) functions under the provisions of this act.
  • The rules stipulate that area in the vicinity of the monument, within 100 metres is prohibited area.
  • The area within 200 meters of the monument is regulated category. Any repair or modifications of buildings in this area requires prior permission.

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Nodal: Ministry of Culture

  • It administers more than 3650 ancient monuments, archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
  • Its activities include carrying out surveys of antiquarian remains, exploration and excavation of archaeological sites, conservation and maintenance of protected monuments etc.
  • The Survey also maintains ancient mounds and other similar sites which represent the remains of ancient habitation.
  • It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham- the first Director-General of ASI. Alexander Cunningham is also known as the “Father of Indian Archaeology”.

-Source: The Hindu


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