New Delhi: The government has brought back 28 antique objects from various countries in the last four years, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.
The government has retrieved 28 antiquities from foreign countries from 2015-2017 and current year up to December,” Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
He said the Archaeological Survey of India is constantly making its best efforts to retrieve the antiquities which have been taken away from the country in violation of the Antiquates and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
“The Archaeological Survey of India constantly making its best efforts through Indian Missions abroad for retrieval of illegally exported antiquities. Efforts are made to retrieve such antiquities as and when they surface in foreign countries,” Sharma said.
While three antiquities were retrieved from Canada, Germany and Singapore in 2015, 14 antique objects were brought back in 2016, nine in 2017 and two items till December 2018.