Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the digital copies of 100 files related to Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary on Saturday.
“The National Archives of India (NAI) is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain,” an official release from the culture ministry said.
The initiative will meet the “long-standing public demand” to access these files as well as facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Bose, it said.
The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month. Modi, in his meeting with members of Bose family on October 14, last year, had announced that the government would declassify the files relating to Bose and make them accessible to public.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee declassified 64 files on Netaji that were in the custody of the state government on September 18 2015. About 12,800 pages of the 64 files were digitised and kept for the people to read in Kolkata Police Museum in North Kolkata.
The police also distributed a set of dvds to some of the media houses. In a small function where the first sets were officially handed over to members of the Bose family, the chief minister said that she believed that Netaji did not die in the Taihoku plane crash of August 1945.
She also commented that she expected the Centre to declassify the files (more in number than those lying with her government) for putting an end to the mystery over the leader’s death.