Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2019

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Rs. 904.80 Lakhs received as part of CSR under National Culture Fund

Ministry of Culture has announced that it has received Rs. 904.80 Lakhs for conservation and maintenance work of historical monuments as contributions part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under National Culture Fund (NCF). It also has revenue collected through various sources like ticketing, Parking, photography, filming, and from holding cultural events from selected centrally protected monument which has been deposited in Consolidated Fund of India.

National Culture Fund (NCF)

NCF was established as Trust under Charitable Endowment Act, 1890 as funding mechanism distinct from existing sources and patterns of funding for arts and culture in India. It aims at inviting individuals as well as private institutions in the task of promoting, protecting and preserving India’s cultural heritage.

It is managed and administered by council headed by Union Culture Minister and decides the policies. Its Executive Committee is headed by Secretary, Ministry of Culture which actualizes those policies. All projects undertaken by NCF are completed within specified period in accordance with MoU signed by it with concerned donor organization.

Union Government had granted one-time corpus fund to NCF, apart from this, there is no fund allocated by to. It receives contributions and voluntary donations as endowments from many other sources. Donations and contributions to NCF are eligible for 100% tax deduction under Income Tax Act, 1961 subject to limits and conditions prescribed.

Dharohar Bhawan: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates new HQ building of Archaeological Survey of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Dharohar Bhawan’ – the new headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at 24, Tilak Marg in New Delhi.

Dharohar Bhawan is four-storeyed building built over 2.58 acres at a cost of Rs 300 crore. It houses Central Archaeological Library, with a collection of 1.5 lakh books and journals. The library is treasure trove for researchers and has collections not available elsewhere.

Dharohar Bhawan

ASI’s new headquarters building is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting. It hosts rare portfolios related to Ajanta, Ellora and many sites of archaeological importance.

It includes Central Archaeological Library with collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals. It hosts valuable archaeological treasure trove in India and World. It has large collection of books on Archaeology, Indology, Epigraphy, Indian culture and its past, etc.

It houses authentic records related to archaeology, such as ASI reports, etc., diary of Alexander Cunningham (founder of ASI), John Marshall, etc. It also has original collection of religious books and books on cultural heritage of India, such as sacred books on Hindus, Manusmiti, Kautilya’s Athasastra.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the country. Its prime objective is to maintain archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national importance. It was established in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham.

ASI regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It functions under Ministry of Culture. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.