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Records management meet ends

THE FIVE-day long orientation programme in Records Management for Departmental Records Officers (DRO) of various government organisations and public sector enterprises organised by the regional office of National Archives of India (NAI) concluded in the City today.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 13:20 IST

THE FIVE-day long orientation programme in Records Management for Departmental Records Officers (DRO) of various government organisations and public sector enterprises organised by the regional office of National Archives of India (NAI) concluded in the City today.

National Archives of India Assistant Director Sanjay Garg headed the valedictory function while senior archivist Dr Gayatri Vashisht and scientific officer Yashodra Joshi and Bhopal office assistant director Dr MA Haque were present, on the occasion.

Addressing media persons at the valedictory session of the programme, Garg said the aim of the programme was to train the DROs of various organisations about management of records of archival significance.

The course discussed many problems that were hitherto faced during the documentation of records by various organisations, he added. He further mentioned that Public Records Act 1993 entitled the NAI to preserve all public records of historic relevance that exceed a time-span of 25 years.

“This meant that NAI reserved the right to procure, manage and preserve all documents of public concern that had crossed the prescribed time-span,” said Garg.

However, NAI was only a recommending authority for decisions regarding destruction of recorded files, he added. A recent decision empowers the NAI to procure old files from the Prime Minister’s Office. These files could generally be about agreements and sanctions made by the government or about decisions.

A participant of the programme Kewal Singh from Wireless Monitoring Station (DoT) said the programme provided practical knowledge regarding the systematic management of records.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 13:20 IST