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Published on Sat, 11 Jan, 2020 Both

Imphal, 10 January 2020(DIPR): The ten day 28th Imphal Book Fair, 2019 kick-started today at Tiddim Road Athletic Union(TRAU) Ground Kwakeithel, Imphal with participation from  altogether 46 book firms, out of which 31 are local and 15 from outside Manipur.

It was organised by State Central Library,Imphal and the Department of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur in collaboratin with the Raja Rammohun Roy Foundation, Kolkata.

CAF & PD and Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam, Art & Culture Minister Shri L.Jayanta Kumar Singh and Art & Culture Commissioner Shri M.Joy Singh released the souvenir of the book fair edited by Saratchand Thiyam at the function.

 Speaking as chief guest at the opening  function, CAF & PD and Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam  said that 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 Minister L.Jayanta Kumar on the enforcement of the  Manipur Public Libraries Act, 1988 and its implementation, Minister Karam Shyam stated that the Government needs to take due concern to re-flourish the various entities under the  Art & Culture Department by allocating adequate budget.

He also appealed the public that we should promote the book firms from outside the state 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.

In his presidential speech, Minister L.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.

Minister Jayanta Kumar mentioned that the Art & 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.

M.Joy Singh mentioned that we should all take part in the library movement by scanning the material in the book fair even though we don’t buy them.

Art & Culture Director A. Shivadas Sharma, Chief Librarian, State Central Library,Imphal L.Momota Devi,  other officials of Art & Culture Department and State Central Library, intellectuals and book-lovers of Manipur were present at the function.

The Book  Fair will end on the 19th of this month.    (DIPR)