CHENNAI: Readers and researchers may not find it difficult to locate the book that they want to read or go through for reference hereafter at the library attached to the State Information Centre here. The Information and Publicity Department announced that a catalogue of about 50,000 will be created soon by using the latest software.
“The library has a treasure trove of about 50,000 books on various subjects that included Tamil language and literature, history, politics, science, biographies of leaders and children’s books. To make the job of locating books hassle-free, it is proposed to create a catalogue. It will help locate the books through computer, for which the computers in the library will be equipped with the latest software at a cost of Rs 1050 lakh”, Kadambur Raju, Minister for Information and Publicity, announced in the Assembly on Friday.
Explaining the steps taken to arrest video-piracy, he informed that as many as 12,705 persons were arrested in the last five years and 11 detained under the Goondas Act during 2014-15 in the State. He added that materials worth Rs 83.28 crore were confiscated from the arrested persons.
Saying that the trade fairs organised by the department had fetched a revenue of Rs 12.02 crore during the last five years, Kadambur Raju informed that four such events would be held in a rotational method in district headquarters.
“As of now, the trade fairs are being held in 10 district headquarters. Hereafter, the event will be regularly organised in Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirapalli and Vellore. Other than these places, the trade fairs are to be held in district headquarters on rotation”, he announced.
The Assembly was also informed that the pension amount for retired journalists was hiked thrice, from Rs 5000 to Rs 8000 during the last five years while the family pension rose to Rs 4,750 from Rs 2, 500.
Referring to the assistance offered to the film and small screen artists and labourers, Kadambur Raju said, “Assistance worth Rs 39.37 lakh was distributed to 1,346 beneficiaries chosen from among the film and small screen artists and labourers.”
According to the Minister, four memorials at a cost of Rs 11.90 crore are being constructed to commemorate Manuneethicholan, Hyder Ali, Swami Sahajananda and Pattukottai Alagiri in Tiruvarur, Dindigul and Chidambaram respectively.