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Private sector to play role in upkeep of monuments

Government on Tuesday told Rajya Sabha that corporate houses are coming forward for maintenance of monuments of historical importance.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 20:57 IST

Government on Tuesday told Rajya Sabha that corporate houses are coming forward for maintenance of monuments of historical importance and are being allowed to display their company signs.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni said, since finance was a constraint, partnerships with the private sector were being encouraged for maintenance and appointment of private curators.

The corporate houses could also display small signs in sites maintained by them, she said.

The Minister said the National Cultural Fund encouraged partnership with the private sector.

Seeking supplementaries, Shobana Bhartia (Nom) wanted to know whether the Director General of ASI had reported that some archaeological finds were not returned.

Soni said any such incident would invite strict action.

In reply to another query raised by Bhartia on whether the Standing Committee on tourism had presented its report, Soni said it had been submitted and was under consideration.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 20:57 IST