Amid controversy over destroying of 11,100 files relating to Home Ministry, the government on Monday assured the Rajya Sabha that it will not allow tampering or destruction of any link with the country’s glorious history.
Allaying fears of members that BJP-led NDA government was trying to destroy continuity of India’s history, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said this is not the first time that files have been destroyed in the Ministry and the same has been done as per the mandate of manual of office procedure.
Replying to queries raised by members on the Minister’s statement made on July 11 on alleged destruction of 1.5 lakh files in his Ministry, Singh assured the House that no file relating to Mahatma Gandhi, former President Rajendra Prasad, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri or the last Indian Viceroy Lord Mountbatten has been destroyed.
“This is not the first time that files have been destroyed in the Home Ministry. Files have been destroyed during UPA regime also. Files have been categorised as per the mandate of the manual of office procedure. It is a continuous process,” Singh informed the House.
On allegations by the opposition that the NDA regime was attempting to rewrite history and files have been destroyed as part of a conspiracy, he said, “No file relating to country’s freedom struggle has been destroyed. We have no agenda to change the history of the country.”
The Home Minister said, “I want to assure everyone that destruction of any link to the continuity of India’s history will not be allowed to be made at any cost…No one will be allowed to tinker with any link in continuity of India’s history.”
He assured the House that the government is not a “closed book”. “Our government is an open book. We want to make government functioning fully transparent. Our government’s functioning is fully transparent. I can provide any information on this even in writing,” he said.
Members from Congress and Left quoting media reports tried to pin down the government on the issue and alleged that on simple calculation the government took less than a minute to destroy a file in the Ministry.
The parties concerned have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction.