The State government would take steps to to increase the development and maintenance grant being given to the Saraswathi Mahal Library in Thanjavur, said K. A. Sengottaiyan, Minister for School Education, Youth Welfare and Sports, here on Monday.
Speaking at a function to mark the centenary of the Saraswathi Mahal Library and Research Centre, located in the Thanjavur Palace complex, becoming a public library, Mr. Sengottaiyan said the government would consider increasing the development and maintenance grant to Rs.1 crore as suggested by Rajya Sabha Member R.Vaithilingam. “The ancient Saraswathi Mahal library is a world famous library and it is the duty of the government to preserve it,” he conceded.
The State government was taking all necessary steps to ensure proper maintenance of libraries and improving the overall standard of education, he said. Agriculture Minister R. Doraikkannu described the Saraswathi Mahal library as a treasure house of knowledge not only for the present generation but also for future generations to come.
Earlier, Mr. Sengottaiyan released a copper plate engraved with Thirukkural. Mr.Doraikkannu released the centenary souvenir and Mr. Vaithilingam released a special postal cover brought out on the occasion. Pradeep Yadav, Principal Secretary, School Education, A. Annadurai, Collector, and other officials were present. Later, Mr.Sengottaiyan declared open a section on Tamil Music, Dance and Fine Arts at the District Central Library in the town.
(source : The Hindu)