Govt to build memorial for Netaji, 25 more files declassified

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 20:26 IST
Files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are displayed at the Police Museum in Kolkata. (AFP File Photo)

The government announced on Friday that a memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be built in Delhi as it released the third batch of 25 declassified files related to the freedom fighter.

The documents consist of five files each from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and home ministry, and 15 files from ministry of external affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period between 1956 and 2009.

“People of this country specially the youth want to know about the life of Netaji, his contribution towards freedom fight. So, this is a big achievement,” Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma said after releasing the files.

Sharma said keeping in view the demand of various organisations and Parliamentarian, the government has decided to build a memorial in his name in Delhi which will depict his life and freedom struggle. “

Sharma said Japan has also agreed to declassify two files liked to the life of Netaji. However, there is no assurance regarding three other such files in its custody.

“We have got this offer from Japan. The ministry will talk to them on this further.... This will add to the information and research scholars will get some more information whether it is from Japan or Russia,” Sharma said.

The first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitisation, were put in the public domain on January 23. The second lot of 50 files was released on March 29.

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