10-day book fair underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 11, 2020: With the participation of 46 book firms including 31 from Manipur the ten-day 28th Imphal Book Fair, 2019 kick-off on Friday at Tiddim Road Athletic Union(TRAU) Ground Kwakeithel, here.

The book fair was organised by State Central Library, Imphal and the department of art and culture in collaboratin with the Raja Rammohun Roy Foundation, Kolkata.

Consumer affairs food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam  said Manipur still is lagging behind as far as the importance of the value of library by the people is concerned. So, there is need to arouse the interests of the public in reading books and try to cultivate a reading mindset to gain knowledge for bringing development of the state.

Drawing attention of art and culture minister L. Jayanta Kumar on the enforcement of the  Manipur Public Libraries Act, 1988 and its implementation, Shyam said the government needs to take due concern to re-flourish the various entities under the  art and culture department by allocating adequate budget.

He also appealed the public to encourage the book firms taking part in the fair and try to inculcate a reading eagerness in the minds of those youths who are indulged in drugs and anti-social pursuits.

Jayanta Kumar stressed on the importance of the role of  library in providing latest and best information that will help in making us successful.

Highlighting on the hindrances related to the Manipur Public Libraries Act, 1988, he said that framing acts and rules is easy but actual implementation is a hard task. The main purpose of maintaining a library is to create a conducive atmosphere so that people have a keen desire to read books, he added.

“A library should ensure to the public limited resource with maximum utility”, he also said.

He mentioned that the art and culture department is facing financial constraints and there is need of some additional funds to properly develop and nourish the different entities within its jurisdiction.

He also called upon the people of Manipur for participation and raising their voices in order to preserve the identity of our composite culture.

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