In a written reply at the Lok Sabha yesterday, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma announced that as many as six monuments/historical sites in the North East have been identified tentatively for listing under the World Heritage Site category. Also, the minister said that a total of 83 monuments/sites in the North East are centrally protected under the Archaeological Survey of India. The minister also informed that a total of Rs. 364.69 lakh was spent by the Centre on centrally protected monuments / sites in the North East during 2016-17.
The fund allotted was received in different amount by different by different states of Northeast.
The bulk of the money was secured by Assam which received Rs. 234.92 lakh. Tripura was a distant second with Rs. 63.46 lakh while Nagaland was third with Rs. 19.28 lakh.
Mizoram (Rs. 17.54 lakh), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs. 16.97 lakh), Sikkim (Rs. 11.86 lakh), and Manipur (Rs. 0.66 lakh) were the other states to receive some funds from the Centre. Meghalaya received no fund in 2016-17.
The selected monuments/sites are:
Ø Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh
Ø Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India
Ø Moidams – the Mound – Burial System of the Ahom Dynasty, Assam
Ø Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Ø River Island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam
Ø Thembang Fortified Village, Arunachal Pradesh