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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: Declassified Files Released Online

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The sixth batch of files regarding Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is now available online. Further, it is available on the official web portal. The announcement has come from N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture. Besides the earlier batches, the sixth batch contains 25 files. As a matter of fact, these 25 files in regard to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose consist of 25 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The files contain information of the period 1952-2014.

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The first lot of 100 files is already available in the public domain. These files have been taken care of in a systematic manner. As a matter of fact, this care includes preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. After that, the files are now available in the public domain. These 100 files have been put by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on January 23, 2016. As we know, it was the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: 225 files available online

The second lot of 50 files is available on the portal from March 29, 2016. Subsequently, the third lot of 25 files is available since April 29, 2016. Further, the fourth lot of 25 files is there on the portal since May 27, 2016. Finally, the fifth lot of 25 files has been available since June 29, 2016. Again, it is important to know that total 225 files are now available in the public domain.

While the current lot of 25 files is part of these 225 files, this is not the end. There will be more to come. As a matter of fact, these files help the public to gain knowledge. In addition, it also facilitates scholars. They get help to carry out further research. These research mainly belong to the freedom movement in connection to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

There is a specially constituted Committee comprising of experts. These experts are from various relevant fields. As a matter of fact, these experts ensure proper scrutiny of these files before releasing them. These experts ascertain the physical conditions of the files. They carry out necessary repair and conservation. After scrutiny, this job goes to Conservation Unit. These experts also validate the quality of digitization. It is for enabling the records to make them fit to upload in the web portal. Further, the experts ensure there is no duplication of any kind of data in these files that are being ok to release on the internet. Although these are tedious tasks but are important to conduct. It is because the information that goes on the internet is for the researchers and the general public.

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Furthermore, it is important to know that in 1997 the National Archives of India (NAI) had 990 declassified files. These files pertain to the Indian National Army (INA) or the Azad Hind Fauj. Secondly, it was Ministry of Defence to give these 990 files to the NAI. Thirdly, in 2012, total 1030 files/items were there in possession of Ministry of Home Affairs. Out of this, 759 files/ items belong to Justice Mukherjee Commission of enquiry. The other set of 271 files/ items pertains the Khosla Commission. All these files are now available to the public. This comes under the Public Records Rules, 1997.

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