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State to procure archival records

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM NOV. 16. The Minister for Water Resources, T. M. Jacob, said here on Friday that the State Archives would take steps to bring records related to Kerala from other State Archives.

The Tellicherry Anjengo factory records of the period between 1714 and 1802, kept in Tamil Nadu Archives, had been microfilmed. These micro- films and 1,351 volumes containing original records would shortly be transferred to Kerala. Similar steps were being taken to collect records from Karnataka, Maharastra, Goa, Pondicherry and the National Archives.

The Minister said that the Government proposed to bring a legislation for protection of old records on the line of the Central Public Records Act. Preliminary steps for this had already been taken.

The State Archives here, Mr. Jacob said, is being computerised and converted into a modern archives. The Archives has the biggest collection of palm leaf documents in the world, numbering about one crore. Many of them were written in ancient scripts. All of them have not been properly studied for want of people who could read them. So, a project will be drawn up for their translation.

The Government, he said, will take steps to convert the place complex of Arackal dynasty near Kannur beach into a museum. This complex is in a state of disrepair now. Steps have already been taken to transfer the records from the palace to the Kozhikode Regional Archives. This includes records pertaining to Arackal Malik Khan, information of educational systems in the old Muslim society and contacts with foreigners. He urged the public to cooperate with the Government in preserving old records. The State Archives has facilities for preserving old documents. Individuals and organisations in possession of old records should hand them over to it for preservation, he said.

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