Hyderabad, March. 23 : Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari today informed that the state government has taken steps to modernize the libraries with all facilities and construct permanent buildings for 21 districts.
Replying to queries of Paturi Sudhakar Reddy, Karne Prabhakar, N Lakshman, Bhanu Prakash and P Ravinder in the Legislative Council, on the libraries, he said that the government is taking all steps to strengthen the libraries with all facilities with latest technologies. The deputy chief minister said that libraries were expanded to all new districts after their number increased to 31 from 10 in the state. He said that a plan is on cards to construct buildings with same design for 21 districts and Rs 1.5 cr will be spent for each. The funds were allotted for these buildings and the works will be taken up soon.
Srihari also said that the officials were instructed to procure all books that will help the students prepare for competitive examinations at state and national level. The libraries are not being able to maintain by local bodies, he said. He decried that GHMC is yet to release at least of 10 per cent of total cess of Rs 350 crore due to the libraries. ‘We have launched digitization of the libraries and the same was completed in the main libraries including that of Chikkadapally wherein about 2000 to 3000 students are studying every day’. He asked the members to encourage book reading in the libraries. He said that the state has 31 district libraries, 537 branch libraries and 831 deposit centers.