Goa to digitise all historical records

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Panaji:

Goa's archives, considered to be one of the oldest in Asia, will now be digitised under the Centre's Smart City Mission minister Vijai Sardesai said.

The archives a collection of lakhs of historical documents and records providing information about the coastal state and its people are presently housed in a Portuguese era building in the state capital Panaji.

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People fear for the safety of these records due to the dilapidated condition of the building, Sardesai said.

 "Also, photo-copying these ancient inscriptions and descriptions is considered a retrograde practice that should be replaced by digitisation," the state archives and archaeology minister said yesterday. But, the archives department does not have sufficient funds for the purpose, he said.

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Therefore, a proposal has been mooted to take up digitisation of archives under the Panaji Smart City Mission an initiative of the Union government, Sardesai said.

The government has given an in-principle nod to the proposal, he added.

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Goa has several records in its archives dating back to the time when the state was under the Portuguese rule.

The state was liberated from the 450-year-old colonial rule in 1961.

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