New Delhi: On the occasion of 119th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the first set of 100 declassified files relating to the freedom fighter at a function held in the National Archives of India here today.
The prime minister also launched the digital version of these files through the web portal www.netajipapers.gov.in. The selected papers were displayed in an exhibition that the prime minister took keen interest to go through. He interacted with Netaji’s family members and said that his government’s commitment made on 14 October 2015 was fulfilled today. The family members, in turn, thanked the prime minister for taking the initiative and expressed satisfaction that the files that had remained classified for nearly 70 years were now in the public domain.
Papers of these files are also available in the e-kiosks, Flipbook and tablets for the people to go through till 15 February in the exhibition hall of the National Archives in Janpath of the national capital.
These papers contain 36 files of the Prime Minister’s Office, 18 files of the Ministry of Home Affairs and 46 from the Ministry of External Affairs, covering the period 1956 to 2013. It has fulfilled the long-standing public demand to access these files; it will also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Netaji.
The National Archives further plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Netaji in public domain every month. It may be added that, in 1997, the National Archives had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence and, in 2012, 1030 files and other items pertaining to the Khosla Commission (271 files plus items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files plus items) from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files and items are already open to public view under the Public Records Rules, 1997.
The function was attended Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture & Tourism, Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Urban Development & HUPA and the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.