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PM favours release of 50-year-old official papers

The countrymen could soon have access to declassified official documents more than 50 years old, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 23:12 IST

The countrymen could soon have access to declassified official documents more than 50 years old, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday and assured that "early and informed decision" would be taken in this regard.

He noted that absence of access to historic documents was hampering the effort of having proper research on issues leading to lack of long-range thinking.

Pointing out that in other democracies, scholars and researchers are given access to official papers after a specified period, Singh said "I think time has come for us to have at least 50-year rule, if not a 30-year-rule, that allows scholars and researchers free access to declassified official" papers.

"I would like to have this issue examined so that we can take an early and informed decision. In the long run, this will make it possible for us to draw appropriate lessons from the past and make effective decisions for the future," he said here after releasing a book 'Negotiating for India: Resolving problems through diplomacy'.

Referring to the importance of memoirs, he said he was aware that "serious scholarship in India on government policy is hampered by the lack of access to official documents."