Stating that the department has preserved public records dating back from 1822 AD to 1990s and major bulk of them pertain to the freedom movement in the state, a spokesperson said that the condition of the records, which are in tape-recorded format, is continuously deteriorating.

"To save the priceless records, the Department of Archives has started to convert the audio cassettes into the DVD format by using new technology," he said.

He said that there are 168 audio cassettes in the department containing voices of 542 freedom fighters and INA volunteers like Sri Ram Sharma, ex-Chief Minister of Haryana BD Gupta, Captain Kanwal, who was ADC to Subhash Chander Bose and Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda's father Ranbir Singh.

These transcripts serve the purpose of bridging the gap between the records and actual happenings on one hand, and become a good source for writing history on the other hand.

So far the department has tape-recorded the memoirs of 542 freedom fighters and INA volunteers, he added.


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