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Culture ministry to handover 126 archaeological sites to Sindh govt PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, Aug 5 (APP): The ministry of culture has decided to hand over 126 archeological sites, except Mohanjo Daro, to the government of Sindh by the end of August this year. In pursuance of the directive of the Prime Minister, the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Moeen-ul-Islam Bokhari and the Secretary of Culture Department, Government of Sindh, Shamas Jafarani, met along with Director General, Archeology here.
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With the mandate to ensure the smooth transfer of the sites to the Government of Sindh, it was also decided to set up a Committee consisting Director General, Archeology, government of Pakistan and Secretary Culture, Government of Sindh as members and the Additional Secretary, Government of Pakistan as the head of the Committee.

The process of transferring the sites will commence from Makli Hill, Thatta early this month which is on the World Heritage Site and it is expected that the provincial government will address the long standing problem of encroachment at the site on durable basis.

This transfer will be followed by the transfer of archeological sites at Bambur, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Kot, D.G (Khairpur), Tharparkar, Dadu, Larkana, Nawab Shahand Sanghar.

The government of Sindh will give the names to Ministry of Culture who will execute the handing over and taking over of the listed archeological/monuments sites.

The meeting decided that all the employees working in the sites will be retained by the government of Sindh and no one will be laid off, an official of the ministry told APP.

According to decision, the Ministry of Culture will pay the salaries to the employees for the period of three months beginning from August and the Culture Department of Sindh Government will absorb all the employees on their strength during the period along with their seniority intact.

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