The Second batch of fifty declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be released online on web portal www.netajipapers.gov.in by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on Tuesday. The present batch of 50 files consists of 10 files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 10 files from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and 30 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period 1956 to 2009.
It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitization, was put in the public domain by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 23 January 2016, on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji.
The present release of 50 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 many files having passed the scrutiny of the specially constituted committee having experts from the field of archives which looks into the aspects such as the physical conditions of the files and carry out necessary repair and conservation wherever needed, through Conservation Unit.
It may further be added that 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, and in 2012, 1030 files and items pertaining the Khosla Commission (271 files/ items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files/ items) from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files/ items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.