New Delhi: Union minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday emphasised on the importance of knowing facts especially for journalists and politicians, saying that people can't indefinitely live under the impression that they know most of the things.
He was speaking at the launch of India-2016, a book which contains wide ranging details from achievements of the government, its policies, programmes and other aspects related to development.
"I think the kind of detail that India 2016 carries is a must read for everyone particularly for journalists and politicians. It is very necessary. Because while we are in ignorance of large number of facts which are contained here, we can't indefinitely live under the impression that we know most of the things. Because once we go through the book, you would realise how much we don't know," he said.
Jaitley, who holds Finance and Information and Broadcasting portfolios, said he feels the book would be of great use to Parliamentarians as well as students, including those preparing for competitive exams who are are a natural constituency.
Jaitley also launched the e-version of India 2016 in Hindi and English. The e-version would be cheaper than the hard copy and would help in saving paper, he said.
The e-version of India 2016 will also be available on e-commerce platforms.
Jaitley said the digitised version of collected works of Gandhiji had also been released some time back.
The money received by the sale of these publications will go to the Consolidated Fund of India, the minister added.