Q. Consider the following statements regarding National Archives of India (NAI):
1. It is a statutory body.
2. It is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Public Records Act.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
Statement 1 is incorrect: It functions as an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under the Ministry of Culture.
- Established in: It was originally established as the Imperial Record Department in 1891 in Calcutta (Kolkata). This department was transferred to New Delhi in 1911. Later, it was shifted into the present building in 1926.
- Purpose: NAI is a custodian of the non-current records of the enduring value of the Indian Government. It holds them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.
Statement 2 is correct: Rules: NAI is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Public Records Act, 1993 and Public Record Rules,1997.