• The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh a centrally-sponsored scheme is in the offing to provide for professional and financial support to state archaeology departments involved in conservation of historical monuments. Speaking at the 150th anniversary celebrations of Archaeological Survey of India, ASI, in New Delhi, Dr. Singh noted that a significant part of heritage conservation is outside the purview of this body and entrusted to the state archaeology departments.
  • He asked the Ministry of Culture and ASI to finalise a scheme which entrusts greater responsibility to state archaeology departments, universities and research institutes in restoration and conservation of India's heritage.