Though rules are imperative for higher implementation of any legislation however within the monuments made Jammu and Kashmir identical for a significant piece of legislation--- Ancient Monuments Preservation Act remained out of focus of the successive Governments throughout the last ninety two years. But, identical have currently been ready and are being submitted to the Law Department for vetting and notification within the Government Gazette.
The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act was enacted during this erstwhile princely State throughout the tenure of Maharaja Hari Singh in 1920 AD and thereafter this very important piece of legislation did not receive any attention of the successive Governments despite the actual fact that there's a provision for the framing of rules beneath Section 20-B and twenty three of the Act.
"In the absence of correct rules, many very important points vis-à-vis preservation of monuments of the State remained amorphous and monuments were being declared State protected solely by approach of issuance of notification. Even it had been not clearly outlined on what quantity previous a monument ought to be for declaration as State protected one", official sources told EXCELSIOR.
It was solely within the year 2010 that this Act received the eye of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, and Culture Minister, Nawang Rigjin Jora, who got the legislation updated by obtaining it amended within the State Legislature.
Since rules operate as beacon light-weight for correct implementation of any piece of legislation, the govt additionally felt it imperative to induce the foundations of Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 1920 framed. Accordingly, Commissioner Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Atal Duloo assigned this task to some officers headed by former Director General of the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums and presently Consultant within the Culture Ministry, Khursheed Ahmed Qadiri.
The exercise of framing rules came to an finish within the recent past following that the Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums place the foundations in public domain for inviting objections or suggestions, sources informed, adding currently this exercise has additionally return to an finish and extremely shortly the foundations are being submitted to the Law Department for vetting and then issuance of SRO and publication of identical within the Government Gazette.
When contacted, Khursheed Ahmed Qadiri, Consultant within the Ministry of Culture confirmed that rules of J&K Ancient Monuments Preservation Act are framed and are being forwarded to Law Department shortly.
"In the foundations, we've clearly outlined the procedure needed to be adopted for declaration of any monument as State protected", he said, adding "there wasn't a lot of clarity on many points however currently the foundations can properly guide the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums for correct implementation of the Act within the monuments made State".
As per the foundations, the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums will impose bound prohibitions so as to safeguard the monuments in higher approach. It may impose fee for visit to the monuments. beneath the foundations, permission would need to be obtained before any form of excavation in and round the monuments.
Moreover, permission would need to be obtained for removal of something from the monuments besides filming and photography of the monuments.
Besides rules of J&K Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, rules of J&K Heritage Conservation and Preservation Authority have additionally been framed and being forwarded to the Law Department for vetting.
"The rules can govern the functioning of the Authority, guide in survey, listing and grading of the tangible and intangible heritage of the State", sources said.
It is pertinent to say here that a complete of forty three monuments within the State have already been declared as State Protected whereas as method for seven others goes on. the newest addition within the list of State Protected Monuments is Bamiyan kind Buddha in Kargil district. this can be maybe the primary State Protected Monument from the Ladakh region.
The Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums has already identified 651 heritage places and monuments, which may be thought of for declaration of State Protected.