Government to Build Memorial for Netaji, 25 More Files Declassified

The documents consist of five files each from the PMO and Home Ministry, and 15 files from Ministry of External Affairs.

Published: 29th April 2016 04:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th April 2016 04:52 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Government today announced that a memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be built in the national capital as it released the third batch of 25 declassified files related to the freedom fighter.

The documents consist of five files each from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Home Ministry, and 15 files from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pertaining to the period between 1956 and 2009.

"People of this country specially the youth want to know about the life of Netaji, his contribution towards freedom fight. So, this is a big achievement," Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said today after releasing the files.

He said keeping in view the demand of various organisations and Parliamentarian, the government has decided to built a huge memorial in his name in Delhi which will depict his life and freedom struggle. "There has been a demand from a number of organisations and Member of Parliaments that a big memorial dedicated to Netaji should be built in Delhi. So we started the work for its construction. It will depict his life, freedom struggle and facts related to his death," he said.

Sharma said Japan has also agreed to declassify two files liked to the life of Netaji. However, there is no assurance regarding three other such files in its custody. "We have got this offer from Japan that they are ready to give us two out of the five files linked to Netaji's life. The ministry will talk to them on this further.... This will add to the information and research scholars will get some more information whether it is from Japan or Russia," he said.

The first lot of 100 files relating to Netaji, after their preliminary conservation treatment and digitization, were put in the public domain on January 23. The second lot of 50 files was released on March 29.

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