Berhampur, July 22 (LocalWire): North America-based non-resident Odias (NRO) has urged the chief minister Naveen Patnaik to expedite the implementation of Odisha Public Library Rules for developing a ‘well integrated modern public library system in Odisha’.
“Public library is the most democratic public institution which will promote literacy, including early childhood literacy, digital literacy, education, health and wellness, skill development, employment, entrepreneurship, e-governance, civic engagement, e-commerce, social inclusion and democratic values,” the Odisha Society of America (OSA) stated in the letter to the chief minister recently.
In addition, the public libraries will support many aspects of the United Nation 2030 (UN 2030) vision and sustainable development goals (SDG) which aim at eradicating poverty from the society, the letter said.
“The OSA has applauded the cabinet approval of Odisha Public Library Rules in 2016 and last year’s Panchayat Raj department’s circular to block development officers (BDO) for building edutainment centers-cum-libraries in the blocks.
The OCA has, however, expressed concern about the delay in implementation of the Odisha Public Library Act-2001, which has been pending for many years.
“Its delay in implementation is adversely affecting the public interest and growth of the state towards a knowledge-based society,” the association said.
Nishikanta Sahoo, Chairman of OSA’s library committee, said the public library system will not only create the ecosystem to transform the state towards a ‘knowledge-based society’, but also develop an ‘Internet-based economy’ to meet the growing demands of the 21st century, and make Odisha truly a leading state with higher Human Development Index, a measure of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicator used to rank states and countries.
“We urged the state government for a well-Integrated modern public library system in Odisha to make the state as a knowledge-based society as well as its overall development,” Sahoo said.
OSA had proposed and funded to establish an Internet-enabled model public libraries in Berhampur; Baghada panchayat, Mayurbhanja; and Kulida panchayat, Balasore through the state government.