West Bengal govt makes cabinet papers public : 1938 to 1947


Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Monday, Sep 28, declassified cabinet papers on great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and allied issues from 1938 to 1947.

“Those papers may have been confidential in pre-independent India but today there is a need to bring them into public domain. That is why we made them public,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.

“This ten-year-period is very important in pre-Independent India during which many important issues were recorded and many important cabinet decisions taken,” she said.

Banerjee also released a CD containing information about those papers of 401 cabinet meetings during that period which had witnessed among other events ‘Quit India’ movement, the great ‘Bengal Famine’ and Partition of Bengal.

The move comes days after the state government had declassified around 64 files on Netaji earlier on September 18. In the presence of Bose’s family members, 8 DVDs of over 12,000 pages were released at a function here.

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The chief minister said the papers would be available at the state archive, state information centre and state central library for the public, researchers, historians and students.

The work on digitisation of the files started in 2013, she said, adding that currently work was on to digitise cabinet papers of the next ten years after 1947.