Shortage of Conservation Staff
The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch has said that there is a shortage of staff of monument attendants with Archaeological Survey of India to provide round the clock security for watch and ward at various monuments in the country including Madhya Pradesh.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Smt. Katoch said, vacancies are caused due to retirement of incumbents. The State-wise details of vacancy position of Monument Attendants’ posts are given at Annexure. To provide security at monuments, Archaeological Survey of India has engaged the services of private security guards and State Police personnel in addition to regular Monument Attendants. CISF personnel have been deployed at Taj Mahal, Agra and Red Fort, Delhi.
She said, outsourcing work has been taken up at only two monuments and the results are satisfactory. (i) Humayun’s Tomb Complex:- Conservation and Restoration works at Humayun’s Tomb has been outsourced to Aga Khan Trust. (ii) Monuments within Lodhi Garden Complex:- Conservation and Restoration works of monuments in Lodhi Garden has been outsourced to INTACH under National Culture Fund Project.
State-Wise List of Vacant Post of Monument Attendants in Archaeological Survey of India
|Sl.No.||Name of State||Number of vacancies of Monument Attendants|
|8.||Jammu & Kashmir||37|
|16.||Panjab / Haryana||22|