Libraries Act to be enacted
THE STATE Cabinet on Friday decided to enact the Uttar Pradesh Libraries Act to regulate grants to public libraries. It also approved Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s announcement to honour the MISA and DIR detainees who were imprisoned during Emergency between June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977.india Updated: Jul 01, 2006 10:59 IST
THE STATE Cabinet on Friday decided to enact the Uttar Pradesh Libraries Act to regulate grants to public libraries. It also approved Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s announcement to honour the MISA and DIR detainees who were imprisoned during Emergency between June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977.
A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the State Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav here today.
Chief secretary Naveen Chand Bajpai said the decision was taken to bring an improvement in the condition of public libraries in accordance with the provisions of the 7th schedule of the Constitution that empower states to make necessary laws on the issue. The new Act would be enacted on the pattern of existing laws in 14 states, he said.
As per the proposal State Libraries Board, State committee, district committees and another committee headed by director Secondary Education, would be constituted for the purpose. There are two State level libraries in Allahabad and Lucknow and 54 district libraries in the State. Besides, there are 100 aided libraries at district level and 500 aided libraries at tehsil level. The chief secretary said the proposal would not add any additional burden on the State exchequer. The State Cabinet also decided to include a nominee of the chairman, Bar Council of India, in the general body of the proposed Ram Manohar Lohia Law Institute coming up in the State capital.
Besides approving the payment of Rs 500 per month to the detainees of Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and the Defense of India Rules (DIR), the State Cabinet also approved free travel with a companion to them in UPSRTC buses. As per estimates, there may be nearly 10000 such detainees who would be given the title of ‘Loktantra Ke Senani’ (warriors of democracy). A sum of nearly Rs 5 crore per annum would be spent on the scheme.