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Bengal declassifies pre-independence cabinet files

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, September 28: The West Bengal government on Monday declassified 401 cabinet files from the pre-independence era. Announcing the declassification of the files which date from 1938 to Independence, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the files throw light on various decisions by the then British government including about the Quit India Movement. “From 1938 to 1947, it is a very important period of Indian history and these files provide a lot of information about the cabinet decisions taken at the period including historic events like the Quit India Movement,” said Banerjee at the state secretariat. Both hard and soft copies of 401 cabinet meetings between 1938-1947 will be kept at the state archive at the secretariat library and the Kolkata Information Centre. “There are total 401 documents about the cabinet meetings that took place. In 1938, 52 cabinet meetings took place, in 1939, 39 meetings, in 1940, 66 meetings, in 1941, 26 meetings, in 1942, 51 meetings, in 1943, 47 meetings, in 1944, 46 meetings, in 1945, 13 meetings, in 1946, 31 and in 1947, 30 such meetings took place,” she said. Banerjee also took a jibe at the rendra Modi government’s “Digital India” initiative and said all the state government files post independence will be digitized in a phased manner. (ians)

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