Zardari for handing over historical sites to provinces
CHI - Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sassui Palijo said Tuesday that President Asif Ali Zardari had promised to hand-over the control of archaeological sites to provinces.
She said this while speaking in the Sindh Assembly during question-answer session on Tuesday.
She said that the paperwork was being done to give control of the historical sites to provinces very soon.
She pointed out that Sindh government had already approached the federal government for the transfer of the management control of 130 archaeological sites to the province, as these sites were not being looked after properly by the Center.
Palijo hoped that the archaeological sites would soon become provincial subject as President Zardari had promised to look into this demand of Sindh Government.
She claimed that President had directed the transfer of the archaeological sites to provinces.
Replying to a query by PPP MPA Nadeem Bhutto, Sassui said the historical places and archaeological sites had been declared as Protected Heritage under the Antiquities Act 1975 and the responsibilities of their to upkeep and maintenance lies with the Archaeological Department of federal government.
Presently 130 sites in Sindh have been declared as cultural heritage by the federal government but these were not looked after properly by Islamabad, she said.
Palijo informed the House that Sindh government has created an endowment fund of Rs 1.0 billion for current financial year in this regard.
She further said that during 187th Urs of Sachal Sarmast in September 2008, the "Mian Sachal Jo Risalo" has been re-published at the cost of Rs0.430 million while popular poetry of Sufi poet sung by renowned singers recorded on CDs in Urdu language.
Meanwhile, Culture Department has constituted a committee consisting of scholars and academics to conduct in-depth research on the life and works of Hazrat Sachal Sarmast.
"It has been noticed that preservation, upkeep and maintenance of Makli monuments was not being done properly while its conservation was so far from international standards", she said, adding, there have been complaints of removing richly carved stones from the tombs of Makli.
There was urgent need to prepare short and long term schemes for proper safeguard and preservation of Makli, minister said.
Meanwhile, minister Culture announced assured that a copy of "Mian Sachal to Risalo" would be distributed to legislators of Sindh Assembly.