Rangdum Monastery

Context :

  • Recently Archaeological Survey of India is planning to declare the Rangdum Monastery as a monument of national importance.

About Rangdum Monastery

  • Rangdum Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh in Kargil district

What is Monuments of National Importance

A monument or a site is declared to be of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India provided it meets the following requirements:

  • The monument or archaeological site is not less than 100 years old.
  • It has special historical, archaeological or artistic interest, making it worthy of declaration as of national importance.
  • It qualifies under specified provisions of definition of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
  • The interested public do not have major objections to such declaration.
  • The authenticity and integrity of the ancient monument or archaeological site and remains have not been damaged.
  • It is free from major encumbrances.

The central government maintains national monuments, while the state government maintains state monuments.

Source: The Hindu