8th December 2016
To, All Members,
Sub: Supreme Court Order Regarding guiding at Fatehpur Sikri by the Guides having licenses issued by Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India
This is further to our circular dated 19th November 2016 regarding Entry of Regional Level Guides for guiding at Fatehpur Sikri. In this regard a copy of Hon’ble Supreme Court Orders dated 19thNovember 2016 are attached. The Hon’ble Supreme Court has directed all guides having licenses issued by the Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, shall be free to offer their services in all the Centrally Protected Monuments including Fatehpur Sikri and earlier orders 8thApril 2002 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court stand modified.
19th November 2016
To, All Member,
As you are aware, that entry of Regional Level Guides and State Level Guides was restricted for Guiding at Fatehpur Sikri and only local guide of Fatehpur Sikri were being allowed to do guiding at Fatehpur Sikri. This was causing financial burden on our members as they had to pay guide fee to their Regional/State Level Guide and the local guide. This was due to the misinterpretation by some ASI officers at Fatehpur Sikri. IATO went to Cultural Ministry and also Tourism Ministry for clarification including ASI DG. Since the reference was made to the Supreme Court orders, no one was able to clarify the judgment. We were advised to approach Supreme Court of India to seek clarification in the matter.
Accordingly, IATO filed a writ in the Hon’ble Supreme Court to seek clarification in the matter.
You will be pleased to know that the Hon'ble Supreme Court has finally disposed off the matter by clarifying that all the guides who have licence issued by ASI and Additional Director General, Tourism are valid and have the liberty to enter all the Centrally Protected Monuments including Fatehpur Sikri, till fresh licences are issued under the new Policy.
This is for your information. A copy of the order shall be received soon.
With best regards,