Imphal: Minister of state for Education Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan has proposed minister of Culture, minister of Tourism and minister of DoNER G. Kishan Reddy to set up a Record Centre of National Archives of India for the North-Eastern states at Imphal in Manipur.
Researchers from North-Eastern states, wishing to contribute to knowledge society with their scholarly historical work (articles, books, monographs, translations etc.), have always been facing various problems in collecting primary sources from the states’ archives with ultimate destination at distant NAI, New Delhi, Ranjan said in a letter written to Reddy on Tuesday.
This involves abundant cost, requires ample time and enormous effort which many of the scholars can ill afford. It is high time and genuinely felt need that a Record Centre of National Archives of India for the North-Eastern states be ordered to be established at a convenient site at Imphal, Manipur, Ranjan wrote.
There was an initiative to set up such a Record Centre in Northeast India in the year 2000 but the demand has remained unfulfilled. “I would also like to bring to your kind notice that there are numerous collections of ‘Puya Text’ (old manuscripts) written in archaic Manipuri language as well as religious scriptures written in Sanskrit and Buranjis of Assam requiring serious attention towards their scientific preservation,” he added.
The proposed Records Centre could also preserve the Non-Current Records of various offices of Government of India for posterity, he said.