Legal Mandate

"Any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same" - Article 29 of the Constitution

"It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture" - Article 51 A(F) of the Constitution

  • The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958 came into force with effect from 29th August 1958. According to the Act, ancient and historical monuments, sculpture carvings and other like objects, archaeological sites and remains are protected and preserved. Archaeological excavations are regulated and are of National importance.
  • The Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Act of 1952 provides for delivery of books to the National library and Public Libraries. This was amended on 29th December 1965 and named as the Delivery of Books & Newspaper (Public Libraries) Amendment Act, 1956.
  • The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act of 1972 came into force with effect from 9th September 1972. According to the Act export trade in antiquities and art treasures is regulated and smuggling and fraudulent dealings in antiquities and ancient monuments is prevented.
  • Public Records Act of 1993 came into force with effect from 2nd March 1995. According to the Act the Central Government in the Department of Culture has the power to permanently preserve public records which are of enduring value
  • Legislations