Selfie sticks banned in museums
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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has clicked on a new policy which might vaporise the smiles off selfie enthusiasts' faces. According to the policy, a ban has been imposed on usage of selfie sticks in 46 site museums across country.

Visitors to archaeological site museums like Taj Museum in Agra, the Indian War Memorial Museum in Delhi, Archaeological Museums in Konark, Hampi and others across the country, have to leave behind their selfie sticks to enjoy a glimpse of the artifacts on display.

Site museums are the ones where ASI has kept in public view some of the 'small and movable antiquities' which were recovered from ancient sites. These museums often showcase the objects retrieved from the excavation site often found during exploration during scientific clearances and conservation of monuments, said a report.

ASI sources have said that the decision was implemented keeping in view those instances where selfie sticks were getting too close to the artifacts on display.

The policy also says that although photography is allowed in all museums cost free, but the public cannot use tripods, monopods or flash-lights for the same. But he ones wanting to use these, especially for academic purposes may have to take prior permission for the same.

Former culture secretary Jawhar Sircar told PTI - "I am of the opinion that technology cannot be stopped. ASI officials should understand that only opening a shop doesn't help, they should learn to smile at customers too. ASI is a custodian of Indian culture, not its owners and they should have an open spirit."