Centre should leave archaeological excavations to States: Minister

  • | Wednesday | 26th June, 2019

By Express News ServiceCHENNAI: Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan on Tuesday said he will write to Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Patel urging him to make archaeological excavations as State governments’ domain. He said the Centre should allocate funds for archaeological excavations and other activities, but State governments should execute them. Pointing to this, Pandiarajan said “Whatever the union minister said in respect of temple artefacts should apply to archaeology department too. There are 404 archaeological sites under ASI while the State government has only 92. Centre should provide funds, but allow State governments to act with full powers in archaeological sites.

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