Nitish for International Book Fair at Patna

Nitish for International Book Fair at Patna
Patna, Nov 8 (PTI) The Bihar government would provide all its support to the National Book Trust (NBT) in orgainsing an international book fair in the state capital, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today.

Considering that Patna Book Fair accounted for the highest number of visitors and stood second in terms of sale of book after Kolkata book fair last year, the state capital has all ingredients of having an international book and NBT should give a thought to this effect, Kumar said.

Inaugurating the 32nd National Book Fair, Kumar said that books have a significant impact on people's life and thought and hence his government has prepared a new library policy to inculcate the habit of reading books and periodicals among the people particulalry in rural areas.

The government will open new libraries and strengthen the existing ones in villages under the new policy, he said.

There is good environment of study among the people of Bihar which is evident from the larger number of visitors who come to the book fair in Patna every year organised by private parties, Nitish said.

Kumar praised the organisers for organising meet the author programme in which the visitors and readers would get the opportuinty to interact with their favourite writers like Nazrul Islam, Ashok Vajpayee, Prabhash Joshi, Kedarnath Singh, Manager Pandey, Arun Kamal, Govind Jha.

The nine day fair that will conclude on November 16, will showcase books published by 150 publishing houses from seven states at 175 book stalls, Nuzhat Hassan, NBT Director said.

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