Shortage of Conservation Staff
The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that there is no massive shortage of staff, except for monument attendants. To cope with the situation, one thousand monument attendants are being engaged from ex-defense servicemen. Besides, Central Industrial Security Force (for Red Fort and Taj Mahal only), armed police, home guards and private security guards are engaged for watch and ward duty of monuments under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The State-wise details including Maharashtra are given in annexure.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Kumari Selja said, no site conservation has been outsourced.