43 lakh manuscripts documented, 2.85 lakh digitized by NMM so far: Sharma

The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has till date documented 43 lakh manuscripts (including rare ones) and digitized 2.85 lakh manuscripts containing 2.95 crore pages which are stored in DVDs and hard disks, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
In a written answer during Question Hour, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma said the NMM, engaged in documentation of Indian manuscripts, carries out the task without any distinction between rare and common manuscripts. The manuscripts remain with the owner. The data is obtained in soft copy from the Manuscripts Resource Centres (MRCs) in State Archives, Universities and Institutions having large deposits of such documents.
Regarding stolen manuscripts, during the last decade, only one case was reported. All cases of stolen manuscripts are dealt with as per the provisions of Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972 administered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), he added.
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