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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the digital copies of 100 files related to Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today.

"Today is a special day for all Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts today. Will go to National Archives myself for the same," said PM Modi on the Netaji files declassification.

"The National Archives of India (NAI) is placing 100 files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji, the Prime Minister will release the digital copies of these files in public domain," an official release said today.

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFP

Netaji Bose. File photo. AFP

The initiative will meet the "long-standing public demand" to access these files as well as facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Bose, it said.

The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.

Modi, in his meeting with members of Bose family here on 14 October, last year, had announced that the government would declassify the files relating to Bose and make them accessible to public.

The first lot of 33 files were declassified by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and handed over to the NAI on 4 December, last year.

Subsequently, the Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs too initiated the process of declassification of files relating to Bose in their respective collection which were then transferred over to the NAI, it added.

The government has also approached Japan, the UK, Italy, Russia, the US and Austria as part of efforts to get information relating to disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. "The issue of handing over documents relating to Netaji has been taken up with governments of Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and the USA," Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told Lok Sabha in December last year.

Sixty-four files running into nearly 13,000 pages relating to Bose were declassified in September last year by the West Bengal government. The files showed some of his close family members were spied on in independent India but there was no clarity whether he died in an air crash in 1945 as is widely believed.

Netaji's family too has approached the governments of Russia, Japan, the US and UK seeking details about his mysterious disappearance.

PTI

First Published On : Jan 23, 2016 12:13 IST

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