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Goa to digitise all historical records

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa's archives, considered to be one of the oldest in Asia, will now be digitised under the Centre's 'Smart City Mission', 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The archives -- a collection of lakhs of historical documents and records providing information about the coastal state and its people -- are presently housed in a Portuguese- era building in the state capital Panaji.

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

But, the archives department does not have sufficient funds for the purpose, he said.

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

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

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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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 10:05 IST