Contents
Sections Particulars
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
3 Certain ancient monuments, etc., deemed to be of national importance
4 Power of Central Government to declare ancient monuments, etc., to be of national importance
5 Acquisition of rights in a protected monument
6 Preservation of protected monument by agreement
7 Owners under disability or not in possession
8 Application of endowment to repair a protected monument
9 Failure or refusal to enter into an agreement
10 Power to make order prohibiting contravention of agreement under section 6
11 Enforcement of agreements
12 Purchasers at certain sales and persons claiming through owner bound by instrument executed by owner
13 Acquisition of protected monuments
14 Maintenance of certain protected monuments
15 Voluntary contributions
16 Protection of place of worship from misuse, pollution or desecration
17 Relinquishment of Government rights in a monument
18 Right of access to protected monuments
19 Restrictions on enjoyment of property rights in protected areas
20 Power to acquire protected area
21 Excavations in protected areas
22 Excavations in areas other than protected areas
23 Compulsory purchase of antiquities, etc., discovered during excavation operations
24 Excavations, etc., for archaeological purposes
25 Power of Central Government to control moving of antiquities
26 Purchase of antiquities by Central Government
27 Compensation for loss or damage
28 Assessment of market value or compensation
29 Delegation of powers
30 Penalties
31 Jurisdiction to try offences
32 Certain offences to be cognizable
33 Special provision regarding fine
34 Recovery of amounts due to the Government
35 Ancient monuments, etc.
36 Power to correct mistakes, etc
37 Protection of action taken under the Act
38 Power to make rules
39 Repeals and savings

No.24 of 1958

[28th August, 1958]

An act to provide for the preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological site and remains of national importance, for the regulation of archaeological excavations and for the protection of sculptures, carvings and other like objects.

Comment: we avail this opportunity to direct the government of India to maintain all national monuments under the respective acts referred to above and to ensure that all of them are properly maintained so that the cultural and historical heritage of India and the beauty and grandeur of the monuments, sculptures secured through breathless and passionate labor workmen ship, craftsmanship and the skills of the Indian architects, artists and masons is continued to be preserved. Rajeev mankotia v. Secretary to the president of India, air 1997 supreme court 2766

Be it enacted by parliament in the ninth year of the republic of India as follows:-