Panaji, Sept 19 (UNI) The Goa government today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for restoration, conservation and maintenance of the archaeological monuments/sites and heritage structures in the tourist state.
Chief Secretary J P Singh and INTACH chairman S K Mishra signed the MOU at the Porvorim secretariat complex in presence of development commissioner Anand Prakash and Director of Archives M L Dicholkar.
Interestingly, the 12th Finance Commission had sanctioned a grant of Rs 20 crore for this purpose for the period 2007-10 under a master plan approved by the government.
The INTACH will be responsible for protecting the 51 archaeological monuments/sites, identified for conservation and maintenance under the agreement, for which a 10-member joint Heritage Task Force with experts would soon be set up to monitor the activities.
INTACH, according to the MOU, shall play an advisory role and provide expertise and consultancy on the heritage issues for five years. It will assist the government in formulation of heritage regulations for various places in Goa.