ADOPT A HERITAGE SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 1 – Art & Culture)

News-CRUX-10     4th September 2023        

Context: Archeological Survey of India (ASI) launched “Adopt a Heritage 2.0 programme” Indian Heritage app and e-permission portal.

  • The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has 3696 monuments under protection, which not only exhibit the rich cultural heritage of India but also play a significant role in fostering economic growth.

Adopt a Heritage 2.0 programme

  • The initiative aims to engage corporate stakeholders in improving monument facilities using their CSR funds.
  • It represents a revised edition of the 2017 scheme, specifying the required amenities according to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (AMASR Act) of 1958.
  • The online portal will offer comprehensive information on adoptable monuments, encompassing gap assessments and estimated financial needs.
  • Indian Heritage App: The application will include information about monuments categorized by states, accompanied by images, a list of accessible public facilities, geolocation tags, and a citizen feedback system.

Adopt a Heritage Scheme

  • Launched: In September 2017 on World Tourism Day.
  • Aim: To encourage these entities to become ‘Monument Mitras and take up the responsibility of developing and upgrading the basic and advanced tourist amenities at these sites.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India.
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