New Delhi: Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, said today the Government has de-classified all records relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj and placed them in the National Archives of India.
Accordingly, a total of 304 declassified records and files have been transferred to the National Archives of India by the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of External Affairs for permanent retention. Out of the 304 files, 303 files are already uploaded on the Netaji web portal, said Patel.
The National Archives of India is the custodian of declassified files and records of the Government of India. In addition, in 1997 the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence, and in 2012 another 1,030 files and items pertaining to the Khosla Commission (271 files/items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files/items) from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.
This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.