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India to release Netaji's files today
Published :Saturday, 23 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 26

New Delhi, Jan 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the digital copies of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's declassified files today (Saturday) to commemorate the birth anniversary of the iconic leader of the country's independence movement.
"On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the prime minister will release the digital copies of these files in the public domain," said a press release by the Indian Ministry of Culture.
It added that the move will meet a long-standing public demand to access these files and help scholars do more research on Netaji.
In addition, the National Archives of India plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Netaji each month.
Modi, during his meeting with a delegation of members of Netaji's family, at his residence in New Delhi last October had announced that the government of India would declassify the files relating to Bose and make them accessible to the public.
As per the commitment, the first lot of 33 files were declassified by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and handed over to the National Archives of India in December.
Subsequently, the home affairs and external affairs ministries, too, began declassifying the Netaji files in their collection and handed them over to the National Archives.
"As a first step, the National Archives of India is placing 100 files relating to Netaji in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation," the release added.
Earlier, in 1997, the National Archives had received 990 declassified files concerning the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence.
In 2012, it got over 2,000 files of various commissions set up to probe the mystery shrouding Bose's disappearance.
These documents are already available to the public.    ?

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