Berhampur, Feb 15 (LocalWire) The Odisha Society of the Americas (OSA) has urged the state government for expediting the implementation of Odisha Public Library Rules (OPLRs) for a well-integrated modern public library system across the state.
The OSA, an organization of Odia people living in US, applauded the cabinet approval of OPLRs by the Culture Department in 2016.
The organization, however, expressed its concerns over the delay in the implementation of the Odisha Public Library Act-2001.
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the organization said that the delay is likely to adversely affect the interest of the public and the growth of the state towards a knowledge-based society.
“The public library system will help transform the state into knowledge and internet-based society to meet the growing demands of the 21st century and convert Odisha truly into a state with higher Human Development Index (HDI),” said Nishikanta Sahoo, the Chairman of the OSA Library Committee.
He further said that a detailed proposal compiled by the OSA Public Library Committee and advisors has been sent to the start government requesting for the establishment and transformation of the public libraries into community, edutainment, knowledge, information, and skill development centers leveraging the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other practices from around the world.
The OSA had proposed and funded to establish the internet enabled model public libraries in Berhampur, Baghada, and Suliapada in the Mayurbhanj district and Kulida and Basta in the Balasore.
The OSA, the largest Non-Resident Odia (NRO) organization in the world recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee at the Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the presence of around 2000 Odias. A seminar was organized on “Establishing Well-Integrated Modern Public Library System in Odisha” during this convention, he added.
The NROs believe that a well-integrated modern public library system in Odisha will empower individuals, build a stronger community, improve the socio-economic, cultural and educational system in the state in a most cost-effective manner and build a new economy based on the modern public library ecosystem.
Edited by Meenal Singh