The Fifth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was released online on the web portal netajipapers.gov.in. The present batch of 25 files consists of two files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) (1951 to 1953), 14 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)(1956-2008) and nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat (1956 to 2006), which run into 2248 pages. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation, were put in the public domain by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 2016, on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji. The second batch of 50 files, the third batch of 25 files and the fourth batch of 25 files were released subsequently on March 26, April 29 and May 27, 2016 respectively.With Wednesday’s release, 225 declassified files on Netaji have come into the public domain which includes nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat also. Netaji have come into the public domain which includes 9 files of the Cabinet Secretariat also.The present release of 25 files will further meet the continued public demand to access these files and this will also help scholars carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement. These files have passed the scrutiny of the specially constituted Committee with experts from the field of Archives who looked into the aspects: 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 digitisation for enabling the digitised records to be uploaded on netajipapers.gov.in. 3. To check if there is any duplication in the files are being released on the internet for use by the researchers and general public. In 1997, the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence. In 2012, 271 files/ items pertaining to the Khosla Commission, and 759 files/ items of Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, in total 1030 files/items were received from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files/ items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.
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