Digitised records of J&K State Archives leaked, Web portal shut down

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Srinagar:J&K Government has shut down the web portal containing digitized of J&K State Archive after the records were leaked.

According to official sources, the Directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museums has shut down theweb portal www.archives.jk.gov.in temporarily soon after some confidential and sensitive documents related to defence and political affairs were leaked on the website “unintentionally”.

“Most of the digitised documents were uploaded randomly without categorising them as per their significance and confidentiality. So, the department higher-ups convened an emergency meeting and decided to put it down till there was a proper listing of the records,” an official said.

“Some of them got leaked on the web portal which is meant for open records only. So, we immediately removed the documents and put the portal offline for further scrutiny,” the official said.

The web portal was inaugurated by former Commissioner Secretary Culture, Saleem Shishgar, on March 1. As per the official handout, it was aimed at providing easy access to historical data of Jammu and Kashmir from 1724 to 1985 to researchers and scholars across the globe. However, the official “goof-up” has put a question mark on the process of digitisation.

“The process is time consuming and takes a lot of resources. We had uploaded the files randomly as soon as they were digitised. Now we have asked the concerned contractor to classify the files as per the department, region, and confidentiality. It will help us give access accordingly,” he said. The Nodal Officer said the process of classification will take more than two months to complete.

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