20 mn records of nine princely states to go digital in Rajasthan
The government will digitize administrative documents of the erstwhile princely states of Kishangarh, Karoli, Dholpur, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Shahpura and Jhalawar.jaipur Updated: Feb 13, 2018 21:32 IST
The Rajasthan government will digitize more than 20 million historical and revenue records of nine erstwhile princely states for the future generation.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje made the announced of digitizing and microfilming of administrative and historic documents in her budget speech on Monday, which will cost more than ₹10 crore.
The government will digitize administrative documents of the erstwhile princely states of Kishangarh, Karoli, Dholpur, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Shahpura and Jhalawar and will upload the archived records on the official website of the state archives department, said Mahendra Khadgawat, director of the Rajasthan state archives department.
The website has more than 8 million historical and revenue records of Rajputana’s princely states that are available for research scholars, administrative department, and judiciary, he told Hindustan Times.
The online records are available for different research uses, including teaching, building plans, publications and legal proceeding, he said
“This will help people and research scholars. State government departments, including the judiciary, research centre, library and other state archives will also benefit from the online records as they obtain essential information for use in legal process and research.”
More than ₹10 crore will be spent in digitizing, microfilming and preserving the documents, said Khadgawat.
Under the project, records of non-archival value will be also be restored and preserved in the form of microfilms, he said.
There are more than 325,000 patta or land records of the Bikaner division, including Bikaner Bahiyat, records from the British era, confidential records and files of Praja Mandal and the peasant movement of the erstwhile princely state of Bikaner that have been archive, officials in the department said.
The department has also archived classified files dating from 1896 to 1927 of Bikaner princely state, and confidential secretariat records dating from 1894 to 1940 of the princely state of Jaipur state, some of them said.
Besides revenue and settlement records, political administration reports, gazetteers, rules and regulation, city Improvement, and rare books, too, have archived in addition to administrative reports of 110 erstwhile princely states of India.
Documents of agriculture, census, famine and revenue settlement and medical and veterinary reports will also be digitized, official said.
The records of administrative reports of the princely states, the round-table conference, Chamber of Prince, treaties, engagements and sanads and records of agriculture, economics, education, history, biography, and archaeology have also been preserved and archived, they said.