Vikash Sharma

231 stolen antiques had been brought back to India in the last 9 years, said Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Jitendra Singh.

According to Singh, this is in contrast to the fact that till 2014, for almost 70 years since independence, just about 13 invaluable heritage antiques of Indian origin were brought back from abroad by the previous Governments.

As per PIB report, a total of 231 were brought back after 2014 with the number now going up to 244 antiques.

Singh further informed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several unique new initiatives have been undertaken. Among the initiatives, setting up of Science Museums across the country is one of them and a beginning had been made by setting up Science Museums in Aspirational Districts.

Already museum in the Aspirational district of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh has been set up and it was inaugurated a few months back.

Other places where such museums have already become functional or soon going to become functional are Wayanad in Kerala, Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Nuh in Haryana, Dholpur in Rajasthan, Raichur in Karnataka and Kalyani in West Bengal, the report added