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National Heritage Commission

The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that the National Commission for Heritage Sites Bill, 2009 inter-alia provides for establishment of a National Commission for Heritage Sites (NCHS)

The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in February 2009 and was referred to Standing Parliamentary Committee which submitted its Report to the Chairman, Rajya Sabha in November 2009. 

The comments/ suggestions/recommendations made by the Standing Parliamentary Committee have been examined in consultation with various concerned Ministries and other stake-holders such as the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Archaeological Survey of India, the Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and experts from the civil society. The official amendments to the NCHS Bill 2009 are being finalized.

The National Commission for Heritage Sites to be established under the new legislation will inter-alia have the mandate to recommend to the Central Government or State Governments on short and long term policies in respect of conservation, protection and management of heritage sites and formulation of guidelines for conservation and management of heritage sites. 



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