With a view to improving infrastructure, providing adequate reading material and modernising networking, the Punjab government has decided to computerise all district public libraries in the state at a cost of Rs 75 lakh in a phased manner.
Stating this, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka said an outlay of Rs 75 lakh had been provided to computerise 15 district libraries as part of the 12th Five-Year Plan in the state.
The minister said district libraries of Amritsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Mansa, Nabha, Rupnagar and Sangrur, besides the Giani Gurmukh Singh Memorial central state library in Patiala, would be covered in the first phase. An amount of Rs 10 lakh would be spent for this purpose during 2013-14.
Maluka said these modernised libraries would have internet and e-mail facilities, adding that all file records would be computerised to ensure easy access and more transparency.
The minister also asked district administrations to encourage more people to become subscribers of these libraries in their respective districts. Maluka said he would himself look into the progress of the district public libraries in the districts identified.