After Netaji Files, Mamata to Release 1937-47 Cabinet Minutes

After Netaji Files, Mamata to Release 1937-47 Cabinet Minutes

Kolkata: After taking the historic step of declassifying files pertaining to Netaji, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ndicated that the Bengal government would make public next week the minutes of the cabinet meetings from 1937-47 — the crucial pre-Independence decade when a young and radical Subhas Chandra Bose shot into global limelight before disappearing in the final days of World War II.

Ruing that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s contribution and legacy haven’t been assessed properly, Mamata told the assembly that the Centre should follow the state’s example and open up the files it has on the freedom fighter. “We have declassified 64 Netaji files. The immense contribution of Netaji has not been evaluated properly. We feel that the Centre should follow us and declassify the files,” Mamata said, adding that her government would also digitize files of cabinet decisions taken by the British administration between 1937 and 1947. Sources said this could be done as early as next Monday.