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75 years of Independence: filming in centrally protected monuments for free until August 15

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The Center has waived fees for shootings related to the country’s heritage and the fight for freedom at monuments centrally protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), beginning with the birth anniversary of the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee. on Friday. The exemption is part of the celebrations of 75 years of Indian independence. It will continue until August 15 next year when India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day.

The exemption will not apply to 27 sites, including the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Humayun’s Tomb and Hampi.

India has more than 500,000 heritage sites and monuments and ASI protects 3,691 of them.

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“As part of the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the Independence of India, individuals or agencies working on projects related to heritage, promotion of the Indian national language, tradition and culture, freedom fighters, the fight for freedom, folk music and language, and tourism will be exempt from paying fees for taking photographs or videos at the monuments maintained by the ASI, ”the Union’s Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Thursday. “The exemption starts from the birth anniversary of the late former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25, 2020 [Friday] until the next Independence Day on August 15, 2021 ”.

The statement said permission online is needed to carry out such shootings. He added that the exemption is provided to promote less popular landmarks. “… the process of issuing permits to shoot at ASI sites has already sped up. … This exemption, however, will not apply to iconic sites that include world heritage sites under ASI management. “

The Union’s culture minister, Prahlad Singh Patel, made the first announcement of the exemption last month. In a tweet, he said the decision was made to promote local tradition, culture and folklore.

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