Rajasthan MP adresses about the protection and maintainance of the protected monuments

Jaipur: Replying to the written question of MP Shri Neeraj Dangi, the Union Tourism Minister said that there are total 163 centrally protected monuments in Rajasthan. The Union Minister said that according to the information provided by the Archaeological Survey of India, an expenditure of Rs 30.42 crore has been made on their maintenance in the last three years. Most of which is spent on the salary and allowances of the employees. In contrast, revenue of Rs 19.42 crore has been received from these monuments.

Shri Dangi said that the lack of action plan of the government to increase the revenue from these protected monuments is clearly visible. In order to increase the revenue, the department has supplied food at the ancient sites Bhangarh, Abhaneri Bawdi and Baradari of Ajmer by putting tickets for the tourists. He said that the Central Government should work seriously towards the maintenance of these protected monuments and save these historical heritage of Rajasthan and develop them from the point of view of tourists.

It is noteworthy that MP Shri Neeraj Dangi, through a written question in Rajya Sabha, has given detailed information about the protection and maintenance of protected monuments in Rajasthan, the total number of protected monuments and monuments located at different places, the protection and maintenance of the said monuments in the last 3 years. Information was sought on expenditure incurred by the Department of Tourism, Government of India on the line. Shri Dangi had also sought a detailed account of the revenue earned from the protected monuments of Rajasthan and the efforts being made by the Government of India to increase the revenue to be earned.

Responding to Shri Dangi’s question, the Union Minister said that the Government of India is doing the work of promotion of visual arts through various institutions like Lalit Kala Akademi, Kala Kshetra Pratishthan etc. Shri Dangi said that during the last five years, the Union Minister could not provide clear information about the funds released to NGOs and establishment of new cultural institutions in this area.

Through another question of Shri Dangi, the Union Minister of Art and Culture was informed about the steps taken by the government for the preservation and promotion of Indian culture in the country during the last 5 years and the promotion of Indian culture during this period and about it. The details of the programs prepared to create awareness were sought. Shri Dangi has also sought state and union territory wise details of funds released to NGOs for the purpose of promotion of Indian culture during the last five years.