Kolkata, Jan. 23: Giving credit to the West Bengal government for beginning the process of declassifying the files pertaining to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday said that the freedom fighter’s memory deserved the honor of getting closure.  “The first person to declassify any files was Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal government and more files are being declassified today.

But the bigger picture is that Netaji’s memory and deeds deserve the dignity of closure,” TMC leader Derek O’ Brien told.  He expressed hope that in the next one year, before January 23 2017 all the files are declassified.  “Netaji deserves this, India deserves this,” he added.  Prime Minister Modi will release digital copies of 100 files related to Netaji Bose following government’s decision to declassify files on the freedom fighter. (Also Read: Sonia Gandhi says Netaji will live in our hearts for his patriotism)

The files, digitised and given preliminary conservation treatment by the National Archives of India, will be released on the birth anniversary of Netaji.  In 1997 the National Archives had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army from Defence Ministry.  In 2012, it received 1030 files and items pertaining to Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry from Home Ministry.  All these files and items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.