Source: News Bharati English01 Oct 2016 13:14:04

New Delhi, October 1: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 8th batch of 25 declassified files was made available online on web portal on Friday by the Ministry of Culture. The present batch of 25 files pertains to Ministry of External Affairs inclusive years 1951-2006. It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitization, were put in the public domain.  In all, 275 files belonging to the central Government have been put in the public domain in the official portal.

The present release of 25 files will further meet the continued public demand to access these files and this will also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement.      These files having passed the scrutiny of the specially constituted Committee having experts from the field of Archives which looks into the aspects such as:

  1. To ascertain the physical conditions of the files and carry out necessary repair and conservation wherever needed, through Conservation Unit.
  2. To verify the quality of digitization for enabling the digitized records to upload in the web portal ‘www.netajipapers.gov.in’.
  3. To check if there is any duplication in the files those are being released on the internet for use by the researchers and general public.

It may be reiterated that in 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army from the Ministry of Defence. Further, in 2012, 271 files pertaining the Khosla Commission, and 759 files of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, in total 1030 files were received from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.