The Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Govind Mohan announced that the government is to hand over around 1,000 monuments under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India to the private sector for their upkeep under the Monument Mitra Scheme. Corporate entities will take over the monuments as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Under the scheme, monument amenities will be revamped by the private sector.
Ministry of Culture to Hand Over 1,000 Sites to Private Sector Under Monument Scheme- Key Points
- The government has set the target to hand over 500 sites under the revamped Monument Mitra Scheme by the end of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on 15 August 2023.
- The Monument Mitra Scheme had been started a few years back under the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has transferred the scheme to the Ministry of Culture in respect of the monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India.
- He also stated that the government will offer around 1,000 monuments across the country to the private sector for their upkeep and maintenance.
- These companies will revamp these monuments in terms of amenities, experience, tourism, etc.
- The objective of the decision is that by August 15, 2023, by the time the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ comes to a close, the ministry should sign about 500 MOU with the private sector for the upkeep of these monuments.