Delayed by the Covid-19 breakout, the National Monuments Authority is finally going ahead to appoint whole time member for which applications have already been invited. People eligible for selection should have expertise in the field of archaeology, country and town planning, architecture, heritage, conservation architecture or law. The person so selected will hold the office for a period of three years.
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains AMASR (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 under which the Authority has been established provides for NMA to be constituted with a Chairperson and up to 5 Whole Time and 5 Part Time Members each and a Member Secretary.
It may be noted the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Culture last year in its report had taken serious note of the sluggish pace of finalization and laying of Heritage Bye-laws for the Centrally protected monuments.
Several functions have been assigned to the NMA for the protection and preservation of monuments and sites through management of the prohibited and regulated area around the centrally protected monuments. One amongst these responsibilities of NMA is also to consider grant of permissions to applicants for construction related activity in the prohibited and regulated area. However, the National Monuments Authority does not have any role or jurisdiction in conservation, preservation and maintenance of ancient, historical and protected monuments of national importance in the country.