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House passes law to protect State�s heritage

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The Assam Assembly today passed a law to provide protection, preservation, conservation, maintenance and restoration of the State�s tangible heritage.

The new law � The Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Act, 2020 � seeks to protect and preserve tangible heritage like sattras, monasteries, stupas, naamghars, mosques, dargah, church etc, social and cultural institutions and habitation structures having traditional architecture, heritage sites, artifacts, sculptures etc which have been in existence for not less than 75 years.

They will cover all structures and monuments other than those falling under laws made by Parliament.

�The law will seek to develop, restore and promote these heritages to safeguard them from encroachments and damages in alignment with the objective contained in Clause VI of Assam Accord to ensure legislative and administrative safeguards of the heritages in the state of Assam,� the preamble of the new law states.

A State level advisory committee will be formed for monitoring implementation of the Act. The list of tangible heritage in the State will be finalized with the help of District Heritage Committees and notified soon.

Any violation of the provisions of the Act or the rules made under it will invite imprisonment for a term of up to three years.

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House passes law to protect State�s heritage

GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The Assam Assembly today passed a law to provide protection, preservation, conservation, maintenance and restoration of the State�s tangible heritage.

The new law � The Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Act, 2020 � seeks to protect and preserve tangible heritage like sattras, monasteries, stupas, naamghars, mosques, dargah, church etc, social and cultural institutions and habitation structures having traditional architecture, heritage sites, artifacts, sculptures etc which have been in existence for not less than 75 years.

They will cover all structures and monuments other than those falling under laws made by Parliament.

�The law will seek to develop, restore and promote these heritages to safeguard them from encroachments and damages in alignment with the objective contained in Clause VI of Assam Accord to ensure legislative and administrative safeguards of the heritages in the state of Assam,� the preamble of the new law states.

A State level advisory committee will be formed for monitoring implementation of the Act. The list of tangible heritage in the State will be finalized with the help of District Heritage Committees and notified soon.

Any violation of the provisions of the Act or the rules made under it will invite imprisonment for a term of up to three years.

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