Amasr Act, Inscriptions and Museum Stuff Digitalization Saving Culture for Generations

Scheme for Financial Assistance for Digitisation of Museum Collections 

Museum collections are being digitised by various museums under the Scheme for Financial Assistance for Digitisation of Museum Collections. Under the Scheme, the Government has so far provided financial assistance to 18 museums. No proposal is pending with the Government for grant of financial assistance under the scheme. 

The scheme aims at developing a National Database of all art objects and antiquities available with museums at various levels i.e. National level, State level and regional and local museums all across the country in order to provide enhanced accessibility to scholars, researchers and informed visitors.

Digitization of Impressions of Inscriptions on Paper

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has plans to digitize all impressions in a systematic way. As a prelude to this, steps have been taken to mend all the impressions for safety and legibility of each letter on them. Once process of mending of all the impressions is completed, action will be initiated to digitize all impressions and preserve them in a better manner for posterity.
 
The language-wise details of the impressions are as under:-

Sanskrit :

14800

Prakrit:

2640

Dravidian:

59600

Arabic & Persian etc.

13875

Utmost care is taken to preserve them in conventional method from the beginning. Some of these are very old impressions which are in brittle or bad condition. They are taken care of by mending them as and when required.

Amendment of the Amasr Act, 2010 

The proposal for amendment of the Amasr Act, 2010 has been approved by the Cabinet and the pertaining Bill has been moved to Lok Sabha. The proposal is to allow public works or projects essential for public in prohibited area within 100 meter from protected monument but not having substantial impact on preservation, safety, security or access to the monument or its immediate surrounding including visual ambiance. The proposal is aimed to harmonize the existing conflict between provision of sub-section (3) and sub-section (4) of Section 20A of the Act. 

The draft amendment was published in the ASI website for inviting comments from the public. Concern from the public regarding indiscriminate constructions, vibrations due to construction, gradual erosion of sanctity of protected monument, and others have been received. The Government of India has assured that only public works, essential for public safety or security of public at large will be allowed, that too if no reasonable possibility of any other viable alternative for such construction beyond the limit of prohibited area is available.

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