Bale­naivalu: In­ter­nal records need ap­proval to be de­stroyed

The Na­tional Archives was also work­ing with part­ner­ing up with de­vel­op­ment agen­cies to digi­tise all records.

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Govern­ment min­istries are not al­lowed to destroy in­ter­nal records un­less a Cer­tifi­cate of De­struc­tion is is­sued by the Na­tional Archives of Fiji.

The com­ment was made by Act­ing Prin­ci­pal Ar­chiv­ist, Ti­moci Bale­naivalu, who said their fo­cus now was to get Govern­ment agen­cies to ad­here to the Pub­lic Records Act.

He said under the law all govern­ment min­istries had to write to the Na­tional Archives of­fice to get ap­proval be­fore de­stroy­ing any govern­ment record.

The Na­tional Archives was also work­ing with part­ner­ing up with de­vel­op­ment agen­cies to digi­tise all records.

They cur­rently have 25 staff and an is­sue that they face was se­cu­rity.

Mr Bale­naivalu said pre­vi­ously they had dealt with peo­ple who took out pages from the li­brary for per­sonal ref­er­ence.

And although of­fend­ers can be dealt with legally, they are let go with a sim­ple warn­ing. Mr Bale­naivalu also com­mented on the de­crease in their al­lo­ca­tion in the 2020/2021 Na­tional Bud­get. He said though they might have to cut down on their com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grammes they would do their best with what they were given.

The Na­tional Archives of Fiji was al­lo­cated a lit­tle over $1 mil­lion.

Mr Bale­naivalu also com­mented on the de­crease in their bud­get in the 2020/2021 Na­tional Bud­get

Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Act­ing Prin­ci­pal Ar­chiv­ist Ti­moci Bale­naivalu.

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