Excavation work at Keeladi - Require Attention and Support from Central Goverment of India
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Excavation work at Keeladi stalled and Centre government not more concerned about digging more sites. Mr Amarnath Ramakrishanan, Superintending Archaeologist got a Transferred on 24/03/2017 to Assam, and All 25 Members transferred to some other places. This will directly affect the 3'rd level digging. This is not the first time. This group already having good knowledge about this project if govt changed some new persons or officers they can't invest this much depth like this one. if it so possible, why because of their knowledge and insight about the site.
Recently (28th April 2017), Union Minister of State for Culture Mr. Mahesh Sharma on Friday announced that the third phase would begin in May and released Rs 40 lakh for the third phase of excavation which would start soon and the government was ready to release more funds if required. The Minister said that the excavation would go on for three more years with the newly appointed a superintending archaeologist for Keeladi, P S Sriraman.
However, we are not very happy with the way Indian central government dealing with this project and Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) Archaeologist 2 years transfer policy sounds useless. Tamil language and culture are close to Tamil people heart , and we request the central government of India, ASI, Department of Archaeology (DA) and State Government of Tamil Nadu should take the step forward to action for further excavation of the richest of the civilisation of Tamils which helps historians shall re-write an original history of Tamils. Through this petition the Tamil Diaspora's would like request the following:
- Please cancel the transfer of Mr Amarnath Ramakrishanan, Superintending Archaeologist;
- Provide adequate financial resources and support to Mr Amarnath Ramakrishanan conduct the third phase of this project;
- Provide an accurate estimated timeframe on completing this project (3 years or 5 Years); and
- Along with Keeladi excavate other sites in such as Adichanallur, Arikamedu and Cauvery Poompattinam site.
We are in faith in our Central government of India, ASI , DA and State government of TamilNadu. We are all looking forward to positive outcome.
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