Why there is a need felt to file RTI on Dwaraka Excavation ?
Since Dwaraka excavation site is extremely important from both historical and civilization point of view for India, therefore to have a correct information from the government side on the current status of Dwaraka excavation is utmost important. And that can be deciphered by knowing about the expenditures made so far on the excavation and the progress made from the government side on the proposal made by senior archaeologist, SR Rao in this regard, because he is the only person who has first came out with a complete blueprint on the exploration of Dwaraka site. So keeping all these factors in consideration Srijan Foundation felt it appropriate to file RTI application in this regard.
What that RTI basically asks for?
The RTI application which is filed on the behalf of Srijan Foundation basically meant to seek the following information from the concerned authorities:
1. Current status of archaeological excavations at Dwaraka.
2. Government agencies and institutions involved in archaeological excavations at Dwaraka.
3. Place where antiquities are kept excavated from Dwaraka excavation site.
4. Status of proposal submitted by Archaeologist, SR Rao for the excavation of Dwarka.
5. Amount of funds allocated for the excavation of Dwaraka archaeological site so far.
What is the response received on that RTI application?
In response to our RTI application the answer which we have received from the concerned authorities made two shocking revelations, namely:
- That CSIR-NIO is not aware of the proposal submitted by Dr S.R. Rao.
- That CSIR-NIO utilized about Rs. 22 lakhs for underwater explorations of Dwarka.
These two revelations tells a lot about the lack of seriousness on the part of Indian Government regarding Dwaraka excavation. Infact, even the monetary amount which has been utilized so far by CSIR-NIO is just a drop in the ocean in terms of appreciating the historical and civilizational significance of Dwarka site. The vulnerability of the expenditure amount can be understood from the fact that the proposed plan of SR Rao on Dwarka Excavation requires a budget of 14 crores, which if put in contrast with the present expenditure made by CSIR-NIO underlines the miserable state of affairs in terms of pursuing the archaeological excavation at Dwaraka site.
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Given the circumstances, the best thing to continue is to entrust the work of excavation and allowing tourists to visit the site to one of the welknown Hindu Religious institutions. May be the nearest one being Draraka temple or the Muttt nearby. Even to Tirupati Temple trust would be great.
The bigger problem here is to arrange proper expertise & equipment for maritime excavation. Till date, no Indian institution (Pvt / Pub) has the required equipments and expertise to carry out that kind of excavation. What happened earlier in the name of excavation in Dwarka was a very basic survey exercise, Dr. Rao clearly mentioned this in his writings. There are very few foreign-based Pvt. organizations that offer services in maritime excavation and have a good track record on that, but again that too requires government’s approval in the case of Dwarka. And unfortunately the role of Indian govt. is very disappointing in this regard. The RTI response which we have received on this subject sheds ample light on this aspect.