Rajnath Singh approves policy on archiving war history

12th June,2021

Rajnath Singh approves policy on archiving war history


Safeguard Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday supported the approach on chronicling, declassification and accumulation of narratives of wars and tasks by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).Timely distribution of war chronicles would give individuals exact record of the occasions, give real material to scholarly research and counter the unwarranted reports," the MoD's assertion noted.

As per the strategy, every association under the MoD like tri-administrations, Integrated Defense Staff, Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard, will move the records, including war journals, letters of procedures and operational record books, to the History Division of MoD for legitimate upkeep, documented and setting up of histories."The duty regarding declassification of accounts rests with the individual associations as indicated in the Public Record Act 1993 and the Public Record Rules 1997," the MoD's assertion noted.

As indicated by the strategy, records ought to normally be declassified in 25 years.

"Records more established than 25 years ought to be evaluated by authentic specialists and moved to the National Archives of India once the conflict/activities accounts have been accumulated," it expressed.

The History Division will be liable for coordination with different offices while assembling, looking for endorsement and distributing of accounts of wars and tasks, it referenced.

"The strategy commands constitution of a council headed by Joint Secretary, MoD and involving delegates of the tri-administrations, MEA (Ministry of External Affairs), MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and different associations and conspicuous military antiquarians (whenever needed), for assemblage of war and activities narratives," it noted.

The strategy additionally set clear courses of events concerning gathering and distribution of chronicles of wars and tasks, it referenced.

"The previously mentioned board ought to be shaped inside two years of finish of war/tasks. From there on, assortment of records and arrangement ought to be finished in three years and dispersed to all concerned," it expressed.

The necessity of having war accounts composed with obvious approach on declassification of war records was suggested by the Kargil Review Committee headed by K Subrahmanyam just as N Vohra Committee to dissect exercises learnt and forestall future missteps.

"Post Kargil War in 1999, GoM (Group of Ministers) proposals on public safety likewise referenced the allure of legitimate conflict history," the assertion referenced.