JAMMU, Feb 5: The State Government today denied that the costly and rare books were missing from the State libraries.
Responding to a question of Ch Vikram Randhawa, MLC, BJP, Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism, Priya Sethi said however, in SPS Central Library, Srinagar almost 15501 books including some rare books were damaged in 2014 floods.
She said as per the available records no book written by former Speaker, State Legislative Assembly, G M Rajpuri titled as Conspiracies in Kashmir has been procured till date and the book is not available in State Libraries also.
Priya Sethi said the Department of Culture has issued important books to renowned personalities but they have not returned them so far. However as per the standing procedure no NDC is issued by the Legislative Assembly and Council to the former members and ministers unless they return the books or the cost thereof is remitted in case of any misplacement or damage to any reference by them.
She said as far as the book titled as the G M Rajpuri is concerned no such procurement has been effected till date.
Randhawa in his question wanted to know whether it is a fact that large number of costly books and rare books are reportedly missing from the State Libraries and some of these have deliberately been destroyed. Moreover, he wanted to know whether Rajpuri’s book Conspiracies in Kashmir is available in the State libraries including library of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat.