UNION Culture and Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said over 3,500 inscriptions were discovered and deciphered across India since 2014.
At the 37th Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Archaeology (CABA) held here, he said the Ministry is working on an amendment to the ancient monuments and archaeological sites law to make it more “flexible and friendly.”
The meeting was attended by 15 representatives from various States and Union Territories, four former directors general of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Director-General of ASI along with officials of the Culture Ministry. He highlighted that India got elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO for a four-year term from 2021 to 2025. As many as nine new sites, including the Nalanda Mahavihara in Bihar, the Kakatiya Rudrappa temple in Telangana and Dholavira in Gujarat, got inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list taking India’s count to 40, the Minister said.
Reddy further stated that 241 antiquities are now being brought back to India of which 228 were brought back since 2014 from various countries.