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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
29-June-2016 18:21 IST
5th Batch of 25 Declassified Files Relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Released Online on Web Portal

The Fifth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was released online on web portal by Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture here today. The present batch of 25 files consists of 2 files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) (1951 to 1953), 14 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)(1956-2008) and 9 files of the Cabinet Secretariat (1956 to 2006), which run into 2248 pages.

It may be recalled that first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitization, were put in the public domain by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 23 January 2016, on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji. The second lot of 50 files, third lot of 25 files and 4th batch of 25 files were released subsequently on 29 March, 2016, 29 April, 2016 and 27 May, 2016 respectively.

With today’s release, 225 declassified files on 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 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 looked into the aspects such as:

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 digitization for enabling the digitized records to upload in the web portal ‘’.

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.

It may be reiterate 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. Further, in 2012, 271 files/ items pertaining 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.


Sanjay Kumar/jk/Culture-29-06-2016