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Priceless Taj Mahal valued at Re 1

The country's priceless assets will carry a negligible price in the first of its kind valuation attempt, even as the government rejigs its accounting system and plans to put a value on all the assets it holds.

After much discussion, it has been decided that the Taj Mahal, the timeless masterpiece built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, along with other heritage sites like the Qutab Minar, will be valued in the government books at just Re 1.

This is part of the broad move to move government accounts towards accrual-based accounting system from the cash-based one within the next five years. Like a corporate balance sheet and profit and loss account statements, the government too will undertake similar book keeping.

Under the cash-based accounting, there was no need to maintain details of assets owned by the Centre or the states, as non-cash items like depreciation were not accounted for.

To address this gap as part of the move towards the accrual-based system, the government, along with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, has already taken the first step of listing out the assets owned by the state.

In the second stage, a value would be assigned to the identified assets.

"Our aim is that in five years, we should cover at least 50 to 60 per cent of government accounting under the accrual system. This should include inventories, assets and all liabilities," said Bharti Prasad, chairperson of the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which is spearheading the efforts to move towards accrual-based accounting.

A committee set up under GASAB dealt with the issue of how to value assets owned by the state. It was decided that all buildings and heritage sites that are in existence for more than 25 years and whose historical cost is not available would be given a notional value.

And for buildings that are less than 25 years old, the actual cost of construction will be provided, said G Srinivas, director with the GASAB secretariat.



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I can forsee spam emails saying "Buy the Taj Mahal for Rs. 1 or 2c." :D

"Mah deah, there is much more money to be made in the destruction of civilization than in building it up."

-- Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind"

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