GoI Transfers Instrument Of Accession To National Archives

GoI Transfers Instrument Of Accession To National Archives

22 June 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The Government of India (GoI) has transferred Instrument of Accession (IoA) of J&K with Indian union to National Archives and it is now available for public scrutiny. “The document (original IOA) has been transferred by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to National Archives of India in 2010,” said Jayaprabha Ravindran, the Assistant Director of Archives in reply to an RTI query filed by RTI & social activist Advocate Irfan Hafeez Lone. The reply read, “You are most welcome to visit the National Archives of India to ascertain the information and take copies of documents”. Lone had filed a query whether the copies of IOA and 1846 Treaty of Amritsar can be provided to RTI activist. “National Archives of India (NAI) has a treaty signed between the British and Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu dated 16 March 1846 in its custody”, said Ravindran in his reply. The National Archives of India has also confirmed that the signatures of Lord Mountbatten and Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir are affixed on the IoA. However, authorities at NAI have expressed ignorance about a 1945 news report suggesting that IOA had gone missing. “NAI has the instrument of accession signed by the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir in its custody and no information on the news report is available among the records”, the reply read. NAI has also expressed its ignorance whether the IoA was provided by J&K government. “As per preliminary search, no information is available with NAI on this issue”, added Ravindran.