Chief Minister Najam Sethi presided over a meeting on libraries and archives in Punjab at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Wednesday. The meeting is unprecedented in the 65 years history of the province as it never saw the CM holding discussion on libraries and archives at such a high level of the government. Officials concerned attended the meeting. Archives Secretary Oriya Maqbool Jan briefed the chief minister about archives and libraries. On the occasion the Chief Minister directed the departments concerned to expedite the process of uploading the archives. He said that public sector libraries should be improved. Sethi also directed that Punjab Library Foundation should be activated and reconstitution of board of governors of libraries be considered.
The meeting also discussed the proposal of giving laptops to public sector libraries for connecting them with internet. Sethi said that libraries play an important role in promoting the trend of book reading among the people. He said maintenance of libraries and conservation of rare books is utmost essential. He said that archeological sites and artifacts are national heritage and their protection is social and national obligation. He said that the societies disregarding their culture cannot flourish. He said that the books are the source of knowledge and people should take benefit from them.