Govt keen to open public libraries in Telangana

Govt keen to open public libraries in Telangana
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Public libraries should become centres of education, observed Finance Minister Eatala Rajender on Monday after participating in the swearing-in ceremony of Raghuveer Singh as the Chairman of the District Grandhalaya Samstha at Swarupa Gardens, Bandampalli village.

Peddapalli: Public libraries should become centres of education, observed Finance Minister Eatala Rajender on Monday after participating in the swearing-in ceremony of Raghuveer Singh as the Chairman of the District Grandhalaya Samstha at Swarupa Gardens, Bandampalli village.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister announced that the government has planned to set up libraries in Palakurthi, Ramgiri and Anthargam mandals in the district, aimed to develop public libraries across the State. He advised the Grandhalaya Samstha to secure books on Telangana’s history and literature for making available to readers.

He called for setting up of libraries in every degree and PG college across the district in coordination with local social organisations. Eatala advised Singh to make efforts in making the Samstha number 1 in the State. He also wanted the Samstha to provide books that will help in writing competitive examinations.

He said the Samstha has under its control 10 Grade III libraries and one record assistant level library. Three of the libraries had their own buildings, while four were in rented premises. Three libraries were being run in rent-free premises.

The Minister stated that 12 staff of all libraries, with 117,109 books and 6,719 members, were ready to serve the people. These libraries were being run at a cost of Rs 5,42,368. The library cess collected in 2016-17 was Rs 33,75,657.

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