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Filming of centrally protected monuments will be free from December 25 to August 15

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Filming of centrally protected monuments to promote tourism and culture will not be charged from December 25 to August 15, 2021 to mark the anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the independence of the country, according to an order from the Ministry of Culture.

The order issued on Thursday establishes that the ministry “exempts from the payment of fees / charges under rule 44 (1) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules of 1959 for the filming of monuments and centrally protected sites since 25 December. December 2000 to August 15, 2021 ”.

However, this will not apply to the 27 world heritage sites.

“On the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, from December 25 to August 15, 2021, @ASIGoI will allow filming in monuments for free, except in world heritage sites. It is a favorable occasion to promote freedom, language, art, culture, tourism. This has been done under the Dekho Apna Desh initiative to encourage people to see their own country, ”said Culture Minister Prahlad Patel in a tweet.

However, the order establishes that applicants or agencies must request permission to carry out filming activities according to Rule 43 of the AMASR Rules, 1959. It also establishes that the general director, if he is convinced that the requested license should not be granted , may refuse to grant the same for reasons that appear.

“The waiver will be provided to applicants / agencies working specifically in the areas of the Indian independence movement, the life of a freedom fighter, sacrifices in the freedom movement, Indian tradition and culture. , the promotion of the national language, folk arts and popular language, development heritage and tourism promotion in India and other issues related to national importance ”, states the order issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

However, applicants will be required to pay a refundable security deposit, applicable for filming centrally protected monuments and sites.

“Except for the 27 world heritage sites, at the other sites, the filming will be free. This is to promote lesser known sites, encourage people to film at these sites and promote locations within the country, ”said Nitin Tripathi, Media Advisor to the Ministry of Culture.

The ASI has 3,692 centrally protected monuments and the filming fee at these locations is Rs 50,000 per day per site, which is non-refundable, and Rs. 10,000 as a security deposit, which is refundable.

Patel had previously reduced the time required to grant permits to film at these monuments to 20 days, which used to take months before, and also reduced the filming fee.

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