Sporadically, but surely, palaeontologists report intriguing discoveries from India.
Identification of India’s rich geo-heritage–
How is India prepared to preserve its rich heritage?
Provisions of the bill –
The Bill’s provisions give the Director General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), a subordinate body of the Ministry of Mines, the power to declare sites as having ‘geo-heritage’ value, take possession of relics (fossils, rocks) that rest in private hands, prohibit construction 100 metres around such a site, penalise — with fines of up to ₹5 lakh and possibly imprisonment — vandalism, defacement, and violations of directives by the Director General of the GSI.
Way forward –
Source – The Hindu
QUESTION – What is the ‘draft Geo-Heritage Sites and Geo-relics (Preservation and Maintenance) Bill, 2022’? What are the criticisms against the bill?