No plan for heritage sites panel: Government

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New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The government does not intend to constitute national heritage sites commission, parliament was told on Monday.

Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha in a written reply, that the UPA government had introduced the National Commission For Heritage Sites Bill in the Rajya Sabha in February 2009 which was referred to the parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture.

The bill had been pending so as to make amendments in pursuance to the recommendations of the standing committee and consultations were held with various stakeholders including the Archaeological Survey of India, National Monuments Authority as well as various ministries including urban development and environment, forest and climate change, he said.

“Based on the consultations, the government decided not to constitute a national heritage sites commission as envisaged in the bill. The bill was accordingly withdrawn by the government from the Rajya Sabha on July 31, 2015,” he said.

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