New Delhi, The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism Shri Shripad Yesso Naik has said that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conserves, preserves and maintains the centrally protected monuments declared as of national importance in the country. ASI does not maintain any data with regard to unprotected monuments in the country.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Naik said, ASI is dealing with the Scheme of Financial Assistance to unprotected monuments less than 100 years old under which the applications for sanctioning of financial assistance for preservation of monuments, sites or remains of historical/cultural value, not protected by the Archaeological Survey of India or the State Departments of Archaeology are considered. The financial assistance is provided in the form of grants on the recommendations of the State Governments or Union Territories as the case may be, to voluntary organizations. A single monument located on a particular site qualifies for grant only once. The grant in each instance is limited to the approved estimation or Rupees 5.00 Lac, whichever is less. In special cases however, the Department of Culture may sanction a grant not exceeding Rupees 10.00 Lac. Under the above Scheme ASI has provided funds for maintenance of unprotected heritage, structure/monuments during the last three years as per details given at Annexure.