Archives dept needs more manpower: Govt informs High Court


The government on Wednesday informed the High Court that department of Archives, Archeology and Museums requires more manpower for maintenance of excavation sites.
In its status report, department of Archives, Archeology and Museums stated that it required skilled as well as unskilled staff of 236 persons in addition to the existing staff of 25.
After the state counsel informed the court that the department would send a proposal to the government on increasing the staff strength, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey directed the government to consider the proposal expeditiously.
Assistant Solicitor General of India Tahir Shamsi assured the court that Archeological Survey of India (ASI) shall give all assistance to the department in Jammu and Kashmir.
As regards declaration of Jalali Haveli a heritage building, the state counsel B A Dar informed the court that the same can be done after an inspection of the building would be carried within a week. However the inspection would be subject to informing the owners of the house through Advocate Syed Manzoor.
Meanwhile ASGI Shamsi submitted before the court that CBI, probing theft of a Holy Qur’an handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb from Sri Pratap Singh Museum here, in 2003 would submit its updated status report by December 13.
The PIL, filed in 2008 by a Srinagar based social organisation Valley Citizens Council, seeks protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir besides directions to find the manuscript of the Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran.

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