Punjab to enact law to make youth read

June 23rd, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 23 (IANS) The Punjab government will enact a new law that is designed to help inculcate an interest in reading amongst youngsters, a minister said here Thursday.

Punjab Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan said that the passage of the Punjab Library Act would not only help develop reading habits among youth but also encourage writers to continue their passion.

He said that with the implementation of the new law, each village will have a library, which will also be equipped with Internet.

He expressed confidence that literature will get much needed impetus as there would be huge demand for quality books from the new libraries.

Sekhan said: “It has been noticed that after emergence of electronic media and Internet, there was a sharp decline in young readers.”

Sekhwan said that the draft of proposed act has already been prepared and it will be sent to all prominent literary bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the field of education, literary personalities and vice-chancellors of universities for their suggestions.

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