WITHIN A fortnight of declassifying 64 files on Subhas Chandra Bose, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday made public cabinet papers on Netaji and allied subjects from 1938 to 1947.
“There are several other files, which will be declassified from time to time. People have been wanting to know about this for a long time… they have every right to know,” Mamata said while releasing the documents at state secretariat Nabanna.
She added: “Those papers may have been confidential in pre-Independent India but today, there is a need to bring them into the public domain. This is why we made them public.”
Mamata also released a CD containing information about 401 cabinet meetings, during the period, which had witnessed among other events the Quit India movement, the great Bengal Famine and Partition. “The papers will be available at the state archive, state information centre and state central library for the public,” she said.
The papers included 52 files from 1938, 39 from 1939, 66 from 1940, 26 from 1941, 51 from 1942, 47 from 1943, 46 from 1944, 30 from 1945, 31 from 1946 and 30 from 1947. The work for digitisation of the files had started in 2013. Currently, work is on to digitise cabinet papers of the next 10 years after 1947.
Mamata, who left for New Delhi later in the evening, said she would hand over a copy of the CD to President Pranab Mukherjee when she meets him on Tuesday. “A copy will also be sent to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Lok Sabha Speaker…,” she added.
Taking a dig at the Centre for not making public the files it has on Netaji, Mamata said: “Before coming to power, they (BJP) had assured the same… I think they should have made good on it, irrespective of political consequences. There should be transparency in what you do. Simply talking about it will not help.”