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‘Yet to assess impact of declassifying Netaji files’


Kolkata, Sep 12:

With West Bengal government moving ahead to declassify 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the central government is yet to assess its impact on international relations.

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu

These files may supposedly help in answering questions over his disappearance in 1945.

Naidu, however, welcomed the move from the state government.

Asked about his opinion over the move, Naidu said: “I welcome it and if West Bengal is going to declassify it is fine. But I don’t know to what extent relations with other countries will be impacted.”

The minister was talking to mediapersons here on the sidelines of a workshop on Smart Cities.

He said the central government is in a much better position to take a call over such issues.

“The central government and the concerned ministries know better about the practical problems and they are studying it. The centre has to think also because it deals with international relations. So keeping that in mind, the centre has to take a decision”, he said.

Asked about his take over public access of Netaji files, Nadiu said: “As an individual, I also feel the truth should come out one day or the other. People of this country have every right to know what happened to Subhas Chandra Bose.”

West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, has however, assured that the call over declassification of the documents taken after assessment of internal and external security.

“I don’t think the documents relate to any issues concerning internal security or the like,” Banerjee said.

All the 64 files will be put up for public viewing on the city police archives September 18 onwards. (IANS)