NEW DELHI: The Fourth set of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was released online today by secretary, Ministry of Culture NK Sinha here today.
The present lot of 25 files consists of five files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), four files from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and 16 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period between 1968 to 2008.
The first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitization, were put in the public domain by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January this year to mark the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji.
The second lot of 50 files and third lot of 25 files were released by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on March 29 and April 29 respectively.
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.
It may be mentioned here 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 were received from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
All these files/ items are now open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.