PANAJI: Minister for Archives SubhashPhaldesai announced that the Department of Archives will convert all the historical documents available with them into electronic form to prevent the old land’s fraudulent editing documents that resulted in illegal land grabbing in the State.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Special Exhibition of Modi-Marathi documents organized by the Department of Archives at SanskrutiBhavan, PattoPanaji.
Director of Archives Deepak Bandekar, Director of Archeology Dr Nilesh Phaldesai were present at the occasion.
Addressing the gathering Phaldesai stated that people have fraudulently used land documents from the Archives Department and claimed ownership of the land recently. Digitalization of the documents available with the Department could further curb such incidence and safeguard the State’s land and its cultural values and history, he added.
The Minister informed that the Department is in the process of developing special software to digitize historical documents by which people will be able to access documents for fair purposes.
Phaldessai lauded the efforts of the Department of Archives for organizing the unique Exhibition of Modi-Marathi documents. The Exhibition will reveal socio-political and cultural pictures of the time. The new generation would benefit from the Exhibition a lot, he added.
He also informed that the Department intends to seek the help of the other institutions that are involved in the study of Archives And will translate all modi lipi documents for the general public. Translation of such old documents will reveal a correct picture of Goa in history.
The Exhibition of Modi (lipi)-Marathi documents is comprised of various letters sent by the Peshwa Madhavrao, other Marathas and Sanstahaniks of Maharashtra region to the Portuguese Viceroy and other officers on the issues pertaining to land disputes, maintaining of peace, the relationship between Portuguese and Marathas. The Exhibition will be open till October 16, 2022.
Archivist Balaji Shenoy compared the programme. Assistant Archivist Krutika Sawant proposed a vote of thanks.