The Central government is going to release the second batch of files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on March 29 (Tuesday). The files would be declassified online and one can access those files on web portal www.netajipapers.gov.in. The batch contains 50 files, out of which 10 files are from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 10 files from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and 30 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Earlier, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met family members of Netaji, he promised them that the much long history about Netaji’s mysterious disappearance would be revealed and even announced a date from which government would start declassifying files. First such batch consisting of 100 files was released online on January 23, 2016, on the occasion of 119th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The files comprised more than 16,600 pages of historic documents pertaining to the period 1956 to 2009.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) would commence the process at around 3.30 PM today. He said, “This will further meet the continued public demand to access these files and also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on the doyen of the freedom movement.”
The files related to freedom India movement have been under observation of the National Archives of India, which had received over 990 declassified files related to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauz) in year 1997. Earlier these files were with the Ministry of Defence. Similarly, 1030 files/items pertaining the Khosla Commission (271 files/items) were received in 2012 and 759 files/items pertaining Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry from MEA. It is to be noted that these files/items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.