Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman presenting the budget on February 1, 2020, announces that Rs. 3150 crore has been allocated to the Ministry of Culture and Rs. 2500 crore for the Ministry of Tourism.
In her budget speech she indicated that the Government proposed the setting up of an Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation under the Ministry of Culture. The said institute would have the status of a ‘Deemed University.’
The minister also indicated that 5 archeological sites would be developed as iconic sites with on-site museums. The following sites have been selected for the same.
- Rakhi Garhi in Harayana
- Hastinapura in Uttar Pradesh
- Shiv Sagar in Assam
- Dholavira in Gujarat
- Adichanallur in Tamil Nadu
In continuation of PM Modi’s earlier announcement of the recuration of the oldest museum in India which is the Indian Museum in Kolkata she mentioned that the Government would be setting up a museum on Numismatics and Trade in the historic Old Mint building in Kolkata.
Four more museums from across the country would also be taken up for renovation and recuration to offer world class experience to visitors. Her speech also mentioned supporting the setting up of a tribal museum in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
A maritime museum is expected to be set up at Lothal, the Harappan age maritime site near Ahmedabad, by the Ministry of Shipping.