New Delhi: In the wake of some rare books of the Delhi Public Library getting destroyed in a blaze, the government has decided to display only photocopies of such literary works in future exhibitions.
Some rare books were destroyed in a blaze at Lalit Kala Academy campus here during an exhibition organised by the Delhi Public Library, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
"The accidental fire engulfed the entire exhibits on display and some rare books were also destroyed. The estimated loss has not been calculated. A committee of experts has been asked to evaluate the cost of books destroyed in the fire," Minister of state for Planning V Narayanasamy said.
Narayanasamy, who holds ad hoc charge of culture ministry, said the committee is also assisting in procuring or resurrecting copies of the destroyed books.
"As a preventive measure, only photocopies of rare books may be displayed in future exhibitions," he said.
To a separate question, he said a total of 19 posts are vacant in Central Reference Library, 180 in National Library, Kolkata, and 74 in Delhi Public Library.
"Requisitions have been sent for filling up the vacant posts, which have been cleared by the Screening Committee of the ministry of culture through UPSC/SSC and Subordinate Service Commission of the NCT of Delhi," Narayanasamy said.
He also said in order to facilitate access for the common man, computerisation of library operations is being made in a phased manner by libraries.