Rs 25 lakh grant for memorials

Rs 25 lakh grant for memorials

Memorials in the name of national leaders like President, Vice President and Prime Minister can now get a one-time grant of Rs 25 lakh from the Centre for construction, according to a new rule.

However, the grant, which will be decided on case-to-case basis and given to a trust or society formed in the name of a departed leader, will not be applicable for purchase of land, but for constructing or developing a memorial or samadhi.

"Government shall sanction one-time grants-in-aid subject to maximum of Rs 25 lakh only to the trust/society formed in the memory of the departed leader," according to the new guidelines issued by the Urban Development Ministry.

Apart from the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, grants can also be given to trusts of any other leader approved by the Cabinet, said the order.

The trusts/societies can develop a samadhi/memorial anywhere in India, but if such a thing is done outside Delhi, no plaque will be displayed at Rashtriya Smriti for the same departed national leader.

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